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Ararat garden business set to flourish

FULLY STOCKED: Russell and Robyn Phillips will re-open Grampians Grow Master in Ararat on Friday. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

FULLY STOCKED: Russell and Robyn Phillips will re-open Grampians Grow Master in Ararat on Friday. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Grampians Grow Master in Ararat is set to flourish again as owners Russell and Robyn Phillips re-open the nursery on Friday.
The couple grew its roots in the business for 25 years before selling the store in 2011.
Mr Phillips said Friday would be a ‘soft’ opening as the couple took its life-long passion back to the countertop.
“I have been teaching horticulture and overseeing marketing with the Grow Master franchise in retirement,” he said.
“We have a nice garden at home too, which we have grown over the past few years. So, I have still had my finger in the pie.
“But it is nice to keep busy when you retire, and we have got the juices flowing again, I suppose. Our aim is to build the nursery, get it established again, and really enjoy it. We still have quality stock and quality plant sources. Maybe, long-term, family might take it over.
“There is going to be a lot more people than what we can probably handle at Friday’s opening, so we thought a soft opening would be better.”
While re-vamping the business might not have been easy, the venture has strong community backing.
Mr Phillips said the town had been calling out for quality and something different.
“It has been difficult and a lot of work,” he said.
“There has been lots of phone calls, lots of talks with old friends and contacts, but it is looking positive.
“We have been meeting up with old customers and they have said quality just isn’t around at the moment, so we have had lots of encouragement.
“We are in the same place as we were originally, off the Western Highway, just not quite as big.
“Everything has been painted, which is a lot easier to do when it is empty.
“It is new and fresh and has a modern feel. We have plenty of colour and plenty of quality stock.
“We would just like people to pop in and have a look. I’ll be here.”

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