Notcutts is celebrating success after scooping the title of Best Large Format Store in the annual Retail Week Interior Awards. The prestigious accolade was awarded to its new, state-of-the-art Tunbridge Wells centre, beating large retail chains such as Next, Homebase and Primark to the post.
The award-winning garden centre in Pembury, which re-opened in April 2014, spans across 25,000 square foot and harnesses the natural surroundings of the site. Designed by London based agency, Daziel & Pow, the site places gardening and plants at the heart of the shopping experience, with an extensive planteria area that reflects the brand’s rich horticultural heritage and expertise. The site also features opulent indoor displays, a gift shop and a 190 seat restaurant called ‘The Kitchen’, inspired by market stalls and street food, serving locally sourced produce.
Michael Cole, Business Development and Retail Property Director at Notcutts commented on the award win: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have won this award. We were up against some tough competition from larger chain stores, so I think this is a real testament to the work we put in and the final results at the centre, which are just incredible! This award is particularly special for us because Tunbridge Wells was the first time we’d developed a new format store for a very long time and it’s the first time we’ve won, so two bonuses rolled into one!”