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Business / Plantiecrub’s Lerwick shop to close but Scoop to expand

From gardening to wholefoods as Plantiecrub makes way for Scoop.

PLANTIECRUB’s garden shop in the Toll Clock is set to close just over 17 years after it first opened.

Neighbouring wholefoods shop Scoop is to move into the vacated premises, which is larger than its current unit.

Plantiecrub owners Olaf and Crystal Isbister intend to concentrate on their main business at Tingwall.

The husband and wife team said in recent years they have made a number of improvements to the Plantiecrub Garden Centre – located up the road from Tingwall Airport – and are keen to develop it further.

The majority of their Lerwick staff are to be kept on and will move to Tingwall.

The Lerwick shop opened in January 2003.

“After operating two shops for over 17 years we have decided to close our Lerwick branch, Plantiecrub Garden Shop, to concentrate on our main business – Plantiecrub Garden Centre in Tingwall,” the Isbisters said.

“We have made many improvements to the garden centre in recent years and we are focusing on developing this business further.

“Our plant sales have been flourishing, and to satisfy customer demand we are growing more of our own produce in our refurbished nursery – which also helps us to retain the majority of our Lerwick staff.”

The Isbisters said they would like to thank everybody that has supported the Lerwick shop over the years.

They also said they are “delighted” that Scoop Wholefoods will be expanding into their vacated Toll Clock premises.

Toll Clock managing director Malcolm Younger said: “We wish our long established former tenant great success in their new direction for their business.

“We welcome partners of Scoop Anne Johnson and Kirsten Williamson who will be expanding their business into Planticrub’s former premises.

“Discussions are at an advanced stage with a business to occupy Scoop’s current premises.”

The Plantiecrub Garden Centre, meanwhile, is currently closed due to the coronavirus outbreak but it will re-open when restrictions are lifted.