If you live in or around North Staffordshire, chances are you've been to Trentham Gardens and Estate at least once - probably twice (or more).
Not only are the gardens themselves somewhat of a local recreational wonder, but the shopping village and garden centre are incredibly popular among visitors and locals alike.
The shopping village, which sports a French alpine look, is home to 60 of The Potteries' best independent retailers and if you're searching for something out of the ordinary, you'll find it here.
Being the popular and pleasant shopping experience it is, residents as well as current traders have welcomed Trentham's expansion plans with open arms - and word on the street is the new units will be open this summer.
Not long now.
Around 26 new independent shops, bars and cafes are expected to be built as part of Trentham Estate's £10 million; a project that will cost around £7 million.
To put Trentham Estate’s continued success into perspective, over half of the new shops are already under offer to new occupiers - more evidence of the popularity of the Village’s diverse offering to shoppers.
And people are excited.
Speaking to The Sentinel, shop assistant Abbey Costello, who works at Yellowstone Art Boutique, said...
“The expansion will be great for attracting more business and people. As a business it's really good to be here because there is a lot of footfall from the gardens."
Since 2003, the 100 million restoration and regeneration programme has resulted in the creation of one of the most highly- acclaimed garden restoration projects in the UK, an initiative that has been supported by the bustling garden centre, 60 shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as the Premier Inn hotel that serves the estate.
The 725 acre estate attracts a whopping 3.2 million visitors of which, over half million will visit the gardens to explore its many attractions, walking routes, and botanical displays.
Of course, the expansion provides the area with a host of new jobs which will in turn, attract more visitors, boosting the local economy in the process.
Along with Stoke's big City of Culture 2020 bid; the construction of Hanley's new IMAX complex, key infrastructure improvements, and plans for fresh housing developments cropping up across The Potteries, it's a surefire sign that this area is on the up.
No wonder Stoke-on-Trent was recently named a growing property hot spot. If you're a landlord looking to invest in a place that will provide a real return on investment, buying to let in North Staffordshire is a priceless option - just don't miss out.