During the Christmas of 1989, a young Eamon and his brother Mark Loughrey, with the support of their much loved father
Paddy, decided to try their hand at selling Christmas trees in the car park of the closed down Durnsford Road Open Air
Swimming Pool. The Lido was extremely popular in the local area, but it was closed in 1988 by Haringey Council.
Christmas tree sales proved successful and Eamon took a real interest in the sales and customer service aspect - so much
so that he decided to look into the opportunity of opening something more permanent on the site. On St Patrick's Day,
Saturday the 17th of March 1990, Sunshine Garden Centre opened its doors for the first time. The remains of the lido were
still very evident and the empty swimming pool was surrounded by pallets of compost until it was eventually filled-in
shortly after opening. Next to the pool stood an imposing and iconic Olympic-sized diving board, but due to the speed that
Sunshine Garden Centre was growing, this had to be sacrificed to create extra space.
By 2015, Sunshine Garden Centre had changed aplenty. It celebrated 25 years of trading and had become widely recognised
in the garden centre industry as one of the best independent garden centres in the UK.
Eamon is still at the helm with the support of long term business partner, Paul Douglass and Eamon's youngest brother Patrick.
Our new General Manager is Eoin Keane and the café is run by Eamon and Patrick's sister, Sallyanne.
We are much more than just a big shop in North London, we are a part of the local community. We employ over 40 full time
members of staff and offer opportunities for school leavers and graduates. We support local activities and projects and are
always looking at ways we can strengthen our relationship with the community.
We strive to set new industry standards in concepts, substance and presentation, whilst priding ourselves on our customer
care. It is our passion to innovate, educate, and lead by example.