Total Produce puts down new roots in hard soil
A subsidiary of fruit and vegetable distributor Total Produce is deepening its roots in the challenging garden centre business with plans to open another outlet, writes John Mulligan.
Its Uniplumo division has sought planning permission to open a garden centre at the Spawell Golf and Leisure Centre in Templeogue, Dublin.
In 2009, it opened a garden centre under the 'Easy Garden' brand in Blackrock, Co Dublin.
Uniplumo currently operates a six-acre growing site in Swords, employing 43 full-time staff and 28 seasonal staff.
The garden centre business is extremely difficult. Norwegian firm Plantasjen planned to open up to 30 garden centres here but has not opened any, racking up huge losses in the process.