RENOWNED family owned garden centre Hillmount, has opened its doors in Bangor. Expanding from Castlereagh to North Down has meant an investment of more than £1 million by the Mercer family and the creation of 20 new jobs.
The official opening of the new Hillmount in Bangor was performed by Bangor Mayor, Cllr Andrew Muir.
Cllr Andrew Muir, Mayor said: “We welcome Hillmount to Bangor. It’s lovely to see an independent family owned garden centre returning to the area and it’s really what the Bangor people want and need.
The Mercer family already has a fantastic reputation and I look forward to their business growing in the area. I would like to commend them for creating 20 new jobs and wish them every success with this expansion.”
Alan Mercer, Managing Director of Hillmount, said: “We had planned to expand in roughly two years beyond our original site in the Castlereagh Hills but our architect approached us with details of this place a few months ago and we just knew it was the right location for us.
“My parents met in Milanos in Bangor some 40 years ago this year, as it was halfway between Robin’s in Castlereagh and Edith’s in Greyabbey, and we have great memories of day trips to Bangor during the summer holidays as kids.
And it’s always 2° warmer than our garden centre’s location in Castlereagh so what’s not to love?!
Of the 20 new staff employed to manage the business in Bangor, 10 have been employed from the recently closed Hanna and Browne store in the town.
Alan added: “It was sad to see such an iconic name disappear from the town but we are pleased that we have been able to give some of their ex-employees opportunities for employment at Hillmount.”