New owners promise to build on 'great food experience' after taking on Northamptonshire's Beckworth Emporium

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They’re also adding a new clothing department

The new owners of a popular Northamptonshire garden centre and restaurant have promised to build on its ‘great food experience’.

Beckworth Emporium, near Mears Ashby, has been acquired by Blue Diamond for an undisclosed figure.

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It is the firm’s 43rd garden centre with other sites around the country, including one in nearby Peterborough.

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On social media the firm told customers it would be business as usual.

Blue Diamond managing director Alan Roper said: “The centre has a total turnover of £9.3m of which over 60 per cent is restaurant and food related (£3.5m catering, £2m food sales) which we will develop further whilst significantly growing the horticultural and gardening sales.

"A Blue Diamond clothing department will be added next year.

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"Despite the challenges faced when buying a business built on an owner’s (David Brown’s) passion, I will make it my mission to keep the heart that makes Beckworth a unique and very special business beating strongly."