Bumper opening for Green Fingers garden centre in South Shields as more than 1,000 people visit on first day
Garden centre bosses have thanked the community for giving them a warm welcome on their first day in South Tyneside.
Green Fingers, in Western Approach, South Shields, opened to customers on Friday, June 3 with a packed programme of activities.
Kenny Coates, who runs the centre, described the opening as ‘very successful’ after around a thousand people visited the garden centre over the course of Friday.
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He told the Gazette: “It was a very, very successful day. Double what we anticipated and it’s great to see that the community has welcomed us open-armed. I think it looks very prosperous.
"I would like to thank the local residents for welcoming us, being very patient with us on our first day. It’s a learning curve and we will get there and I just want to thank everybody for coming.”
Cutting the green ribbon alongside Peter Rabbit, Cllr Dixon said: “I’m delighted and privileged to be asked to come along and to open today.
"This is a family event, very much a family business, so can I just say a huge, huge good luck to everybody.
"On behalf of the council, on behalf of the residents and on behalf of the community, can I just say good luck this morning.”
The garden centre offers a range of plants, furniture, compost, seeds, lawn care and gardening tools, with a coffee shop also on site.
It’s open from 9am until 8pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am till 4am on Sundays.