Scotland business

Dobbies growth plan in Scotland leads to jobs

Image caption Dobbie's plans will create hundreds of jobs in Scotland's central belt

Garden centre chain Dobbies is to open two stores in Scotland, creating 250 jobs.

The stores at Braehead in Renfrewshire and Livingston in West Lothian have cost the company £20m.

Dobbies has also submitted a planning application for a £10m Garden World in East Kilbride, creating a further 120 jobs.

Midlothian-based Dobbies has 11 million customers every year at its 26 stores across the UK and on its online site.

It was bought by the supermarket giant Tesco in 2008.

The company employs more than 1,000 staff in Scotland.

James Barnes, Dobbies chief executive, said: "We are extremely proud to be a Scottish business and whilst we continue to grow throughout the UK, investment in Scotland has always been an intrinsic part of our business plans.

"With three new Scottish centres in the coming months, our total planned investment in Scotland over the next year is over £30m and the new centres will create around 400 new jobs in total.

"We have plans to target two further Scottish garden centres for future - we've had ambitions to open a store in Inverness for a number of years."

Dobbies at Braehead will open on 4 February and Dobbies Livingston will open in mid-March 2011.

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