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UK: Defiant garden centre boss says he feels ‘vindicated’ for ripping up closure notice

A garden centre owner who refused to close his business and even ripped up a notice ordering it to shut says he feels 'vindicated' after claiming the decision 'saved his business,' as other shops prepare to open for green-fingered Brits around the country this week.

Back in March defiant Tony Joyner, 52, refused to acknowledge Exeter City Council's prohibition order to stop his firm Plants Galore from selling certain items during the coronavirus pandemic.

But Mr Joyner who co-owns three garden centres - in Exeter, Newton Abbot, and Plymouth, Devon, said taking such action would have made it bankrupt as it would be forced to wipe out £1m of goods during some of his busiest months of the year.

The business owner claims to have saved 70 jobs by staying open, but concedes he had to lay 15 people off. 

Read more at Mail Online (Luke May)

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