Planters begin search for new garden centre general manager

After 14 successful years, Planters garden centre general manager Stuart Gooden is looking to take it slightly easier and moving to the South West, the retailer has announced.

During that time Planters (Tamworth) has doubled turnover to £5m, invested over £3m in the 20 acre site including £1.6m in a state of the art restaurant, created a tourist attraction with ‘SkyTrail’ and built a pet centre (including dog grooming) to just short of 10% of turnover. Christmas decoration sales have also grown to almost 10% of turnover. Planters (Tamworth) is a regular name on the GCA Centres of Excellence list and in the last five years been Garden Centre of the Year, the retailer adds.

GERALD-CHRISTINE-PLANTERSBGThe search begins to find a new general manager who is hungry for success and ready to contribute to a 10 year plan, the company says. The 10 year plan aims to put Planters (Tamworth) into the top 10 centres for turnover, and profitability, in the UK.

Planters is looking for someone who wants to build their career, not looking to slow down. The ideal candidate will have worked in a large £5m+ destination centre and have a proven track record of building sales and profitability, the centre says.

Potential applicants can arrange an informal walk around with Gerald on 07790 859822 or apply in writing with a CV to: Gerald and Christine Ingram, Planters Garden Centre, Woodlands Farm, Freasley, Tamworth, B78 2EY or by email to

Planters is family owned by Gerald and Christine Ingram (pictured). They established it on a green field site in 1990. Positioned just off Junction 10 of the M42 it draws customers from Staffordshire, Warwickshire, North Birmingham and Leicestershire.