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Northern Irish garden centre owner urges clarification on reopening date

A garden centre owner has pleaded with the Northern Ireland Executive to give him a date to reopen.

Garden centres and other outdoor retail spaces are set to reopen in the first stage of the five-step plan announced by the Stormont Executive.

Robin Mercer, owner of Hillmount Garden Centre, said they still have not got an answer.

They have three stores in Belfast, Newtownards and Bangor, and are currently doing around 30-40% of their usual trade through their website.

"We are to open stores in stage one, which is great, but really no one knows if it is Friday, Monday or two weeks' time and that's the problem," he told the PA news agency.

"Because garden centres in the rest of the UK are opening tomorrow, southern Ireland opening up on Monday, if we just had a wee bit of clarification."

Read more at The Irish News (Rebecca Black)

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