A new retail partner for the shop at the Forestry Commission’s National Arboretum at Westonbirt has been announced.
Tidings, a locally renowned card, gift and confectionery shop based in Cirencester has been awarded the contract through a competitive process.
Owners Kim Ralph and Steve Cole have a background in attraction retail experience working for the RHS at Rosemoor and later at Hestercombe Gardens in Somerset, which have given them valuable insights into the sector.
Kim Ralph, joint owner of Tidings said:
“We are so excited about this new project – the arboretum is such a prestigious site, attracting a huge and diverse range of visitors.
Because we are a small, independent company we can move swiftly to meet the needs of our customers and we can work with much smaller, local suppliers and artisan producers, to ensure a unique product range to surprise and delight our customers.”
The Westonbirt Shop has had a full re-fit and been equipped with a fresh look in time for its official opening on 29 May 2015.
Visitors to the Westonbirt Shop can expect to find a large range of local and regional foodie gifts; preserves, honey, confectionery and biscuits alongside an expanded toy section, field and wildlife guides and a fresh range of affordable homeware and gifts.
Paul Cody, Head of Visitor Attraction at Westonbirt commented:
“We are really pleased to have Tidings on board here at Westonbirt. They are experienced retail franchise holders and are dedicated to making sure the Westonbirt shop meets the needs of our visitors. We are sure that they will provide both an excellent variety and a great level of service.”
The Westonbirt Shop will officially open from 29 May 2015.
The shop opening hours will be Mon - Fri 9-5; Sat 9-6 and Sun 11-4.
For more information please visit www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt
Pictured: Kim Ralph and Steve Cole celebrate the opening of their shop at Westonbirt Arboretum.