Councillors today approved plans for a new garden centre alongside a new Tesco superstore on the approaches to King’s Lynn.

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Dobbies Garden Centres will be opening the new store on part of the former Campbell’s factory site, on Hardwick Road.

Work on the new garden centre, which will create 120 new jobs, will start next spring. It will also house a farm foodhall, offering locally-sourced produce, next to the Tesco supermarket already planned for the site.

Stuart Wright, Dobbies director of property said: “We’re delighted to being a step closer to opening our first joint development with Tesco and giving our customers a new experience that enhances the strengths of both brands.

“We want to thank Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk for their enthusiasm for economic development in the region and for their continued support in backing our planning application which will allow us to bring a new-generation of garden centre to customers in the King’s Lynn area.

“We are investing some £8m in the project, which will create 120 new jobs for the community, all of which in turn will have a significant effect on the local economy for many years to come.”

Louise Gosling from Tesco said: “We’re absolutely delighted that Dobbies has been given the green light to build.

“This will be a great benefit to Kings Lynn providing even more jobs and services to local people. It also means we can now crack on with the construction of our first joint development and look forward to sharing the benefits of both businesses with our customers.”

A pub, service station and hotel are also planned for parts of the site, around where the famous Campbell’s Tower stood until it was demolished in January.

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