Meet The Team
Paul is the Store Manager and is responsible for the day to day managing of the entire Highway site, including the Department Store, Garden Centre, Plant Area, Nursery, Restaurant & Café.
Kim and the other members of the Nursery team are responsible for all of the plants we grow at Highway. She's been at the company over 30 years and has fond memories of helping her father (Joe High) in the Nursery as a child during school holidays.
The best part of her job is seeing all the bedding & basket plants coming into flower during the spring and her favourite plants are Zonal Geraniums because they always look beautiful and are easy to grow.
Kim's top tips for growing perfect bedding plants are good lighting, the right temperature, good ventilation, the right compost and correct watering. Don't be tempted to plant outside too early, the end of May is ideal and extra time in the greenhouse gives plants more time to reach their full potential.
Plant Area Team Leader
Anna-Marie manages the outdoor plant area at Highway, looking after the plants, ordering new ones and creating our beautiful displays. She has worked for Roys for 20 years, 6 of which have been at Highway.
Her favourite parts of her job are selecting the different plants to order in, and helping customers with choosing plants for their garden. Her favourite plants are Snowdrops which she had in her wedding bouquet.
Anna-Marie's top tip for a budding gardener wanting to make the most of their outdoor space is planning. Draw a plan of the garden, noting any sunny spots and think about how you'd like to use the garden, e.g. evening drinks, a place for children to play or a spot for a morning coffee in the sun.
Department Store Team Leader
Gary oversees the day to day running of the Department Store and Food Hall. He's worked for Roys for 20 years in various stores, and has been at Highway for 3 years.
His favourite parts of his job are interacting with customers and setting up the store for different seasons, best of which is Christmas which is always a big affair at Highway.
Katie is Highway's Head Chef and she manages all the kitchen and front of house staff in our Restaurant & Café. She's currently in her sixth year at Highway.
Her favourite parts of her job are getting to know the regular customers and working with the rest of the kitchen team to develop new dishes for the specials and menus. After a day of cooking all day at work she prefers a quick and easy meal at home; creamy, smoked bacon, mushroom & red pepper tagliatelle with homemade garlic bread and on her days off she likes to cook a roast dinner with all the trimmings.
Katie's tip for staying calm and under control in a busy kitchen is proper preparation and having some help on hand.
Stephen is the Aquatics Senior at Highway and he and the other members of the Aquatics Centre look after all the aquarium and pond fish in store as well as all the other aquatic animals. If you need any help or advice about keeping fish or setting up an aquarium then Stephen and the team will be more than happy to help.