The area will have a new décor, flooring, seating and lighting. There will be distinct seating sections including the main café bar (an afternoon tea area with a piano), a coffee lounge with sofas, and a family-friendly area. Customers will place their orders at the till and then take an electronic tracker to their table for waiter service.
Squire’s deputy chairman Sarah Squire said: ““The decision to make this investment was in part driven by customer feedback, both in-store and from our bi-annual customer survey.
“We are all really excited with the plans for our stunning new café bar in Shepperton. The design theme is called ‘Vibrant’, which is one of three horticulture inspired concepts that we are rolling out to all our garden centres over the next few years.
“Inspiration comes from a sophisticated bygone era: think of Raffles [a colonial-style luxury hotel in Singapore] and south-east Asia.
“There will be lots of glass to let light in, botanical print wallpaper, tropical garden fabrics and wall art, painted furniture, glass pendant lighting, a black and white checkered flooring and painted wooden shutters.”
The work to update Squire’s Café Bar starts on September 4 but it will remain open while the works take place.
Squire’s is inviting customers to a ‘Prepare For Christmas’ shopping evening on Friday October 20, where they can see the new Café Bar, enjoy a curry buffet, preview the Christmas shop and enjoy exclusive discounts. There will also be live music and Christmas planting and craft demonstrations.
Squire’s Garden Centres is a family-owned business which celebrated its 80th anniversary last year. The retailer operates 15 garden centres across Surrey, Sussex, Berkshire, Middlesex, and north and west London. All have a café bar on site, serving breakfast, drinks, snacks, lunch and afternoon tea.
Artist’s impression of the new café bar servery at Squire’s Garden Centre in Shepperton