The business, which supplies horticultural products and plants, hosts a range of concessions at its five-acre site. Maidenhead Aquatics, the UK's largest aquatic retailer, has had a presence at Pugh's since 1997. Following extensive redevelopment works, the aquatic specialist has relocated to a 10,000 square foot purpose-built building within a different area of the garden village. This facility is believed to be the largest of its kind in Wales.
The development phase has freed up space for two new complementary retail propositions, camping retailer Mountain Warehouse and equestrian specialist Robinsons Country Leisure. The works have also freed up space to increase car parking, with parking for an additional 200 vehicles now in place. Pugh's has also reconfigured its plant display areas, with support from NatWest's asset finance arm, Lombard.
Pugh's started life in the 1930s as Wenallt Nurseries, a small-holding in Rhiwbina run by founder Sidney Pugh. In 1968, the business relocated to Radyr, trading as Ty Nant Nurseries under the management of Sidney's son, Colin. Ian and Graham, Colin's sons, joined the business in 1980. They still manage the day-to-day running of the garden village, along with Graham's wife Helen.
They have spearheaded Pugh's transformation from a traditional horticultural supplier to a modern garden village with complimentary retailers all based around an outdoor theme. Operating as standalone retailers, other concessions at the site include food and accessories retailer PamPurred Pets, Cotton Traders, Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Heatforce and Bridges Veterinary Surgery. In 2009, Helen Pugh launched the centre's own farm shop, stocking products from Welsh suppliers.
Pugh's now employs a team of 80 across two sites, with a second garden centre at Wenvoe in the Vale of Glamorgan. Trading as Style Gardens, this site is run by the Pughs and co-director Carl Hutchings.
Director Graham Pugh said: "The support we've received from NatWest has trigged further investment into the business as we have been able to improve the site's infrastructure and in turn attract new concessions. NatWest was very quick to establish the viability of our growth plans and I was very impressed by the speed with which they put a support package together for us. The support of NatWest and Lombard has been instrumental in making this major redevelopment a success."
Andrew Jones, relationship director at NatWest, said: "Pugh's are a very well-established name in south east Wales. Rather than rely purely on the horticultural business, they have taken a creative approach to their business planning, encouraging national chains to take up space at the site. The very fact that they have succeeded in attracting leading garden centre retailers to the village is a testament to the vision of Graham and his team."
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