Pico and Moffat team up to help garden centre grow

Distrobutor, Pico Catering Projects, has recently completed a front-of-house scheme at Northwood Garden Centre, based in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Refurbishing the on-site cafe in order to cope with rising customer demand, Pico chose Moffat to supply the contemporary looking counter units, along with a bespoke service counter.

“Moffat was chosen because of the company’s experience of jobs like this,” said Tim Keating, MD of Pico. “Moffat knows how to create layouts that optimise efficiency for staff, while producing an attractive environment for customers.”

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The new counter is designed to maximise functionality within the available space. Constructed from attractive and hardwearing tan brown granite, it incorporates a variety of drop-in units, including bainsmarie and chilled wells for storing hot and cold foods in peak condition. Additionally, the counter is fitted with heated plate dispensers and a chilled display unit for cakes.

The counter is illuminated and protected by overhead gantries. The gantries are made with curved stainless steel supports and feature elliptical glass screens. They are also fitted with both heated and ambient storage cupboards underneath. Fluorescent downlighting along the front of the counter illuminates the wooden fascia.

Business is booming for Northwood following the refurbishment. “We’ve seen an increase in business of over 26%,” says owner Nick Gascoyne. “Despite this, the coffee shop has been able to keep up with demand, and that’s in no small part down to our new Moffat counter.”

The only problem Northwood has found is it now needs to revamp the kitchen itself. Gascoyne added: “Having seen what Moffat did for the front of house, they’re definitely on the shortlist to sort out behind the scenes.”

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