Hillmount welcomes opportunity to reopen

Robin Mercer, owner of Hillmount, has welcomed the news that garden centres can reopen on Monday, April 12.

Friday, 2nd April 2021, 5:00 pm
Robin Mercer, owner of Hillmount

Hillmount operates three garden lifestyle stores in Ards, Bangor and Belfast and, as he looks forward to reopening, Robin said: “It’s a relief for our staff, for the thousands of plants that we have been caring for during lockdown and for our family, that we will be permitted to open again and welcome visitors to Hillmount on Monday, April 12.

“Gardening has been proven to benefit mental and physical health so permitting us to reopen makes sense for everyone.

“These last three months have been so stressful for our fourth generation family business and for other garden centre owners across Northern Ireland as we have watched supermarkets etc selling garden furniture, plants, flowers and barbecues during our peak spring season while we have had to remain closed.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

“We have lobbied hard to be allowed to reopen as our garden centres are spacious, well ventilated and we have taken all the necessary Covid-19 precautions, including placement of signage and screens.

“The safety of our customers and staff is our utmost priority as we learn to live with the virus. Our staff wear protective equipment and we have placed hand sanitisers throughout the stores for our customers convenience.

“We have been inundated with customers phoning, emailing and messaging us on social media asking when we are going to be open so I know that there are a lot of people planning to come and visit us and we are well equipped to welcome them with the social distancing measures we have in place.”

Hillmount is a fourth generation family business with garden lifestyle centres in Ards, Bangor and Belfast. For gardening advice email [email protected] and to shop online visit www.hillmount.co.uk.

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.

In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news on this free-to-read site, I am asking you to also please purchase a copy of our newspaper whenever you are able to do so.

Our journalists are highly trained and our content is independently regulated by IPSO to some of the most rigorous standards in the world. But being your eyes and ears comes at a price. So we need your support more than ever to buy our newspapers during this crisis.

With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our local valued advertisers - and consequently the advertising that we receive - we are more reliant than ever on you helping us to provide you with news and information by buying a copy of our newspaper when you can safely.

You can also enjoy unlimited access to the best news from across Northern Ireland and the UK by subscribing to newsletter.co.uk

With a digital subscription, you can read more than five articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and get access to exclusive newsletters and content. Visit https://www.newsletter.co.uk/subscriptions now to sign up.

Thank you