A HOLME Valley garden centre faces possible closure after a ruling that it must stop selling to the public.
But Totties Nurseries at Scholes, Holmfirth, said it would open as usual this weekend as owner Steve Halifax considers his next move.
A planning inspector has told Totties Nurseries it must stop selling from its eight-acre site that has been open for more than half a century.
It is feared the nurseries may have to close, with the loss of 11 jobs.
Planning inspector David Baldock made his ruling after hearing evidence about the nurseries at a public inquiry this month.
Mr Halifax had applied to Kirklees Council for a "certificate of lawfulness", to confirm the use of the site for retailing. His move followed complaints about traffic to and from the site.
Councillors rejected the application, saying the nurseries should be classed as two distinct sites for wholesale and retail sales.
Mr Halifax - who has blamed the row on "a small minority of individuals" - said the area was run as one site by a single company.
Mr Halifax appealed to Secretary of State for the Regions John Prescott to hold a public inquiry.
Now, Mr Baldock has ruled in favour of the council. In his report, he dismissed the appeal, adding: "The council's refusal was well founded."
Husband and wife Graham and Diane Beswick, who both work at the nurseries, said staff had been devastated by the decision.
Mrs Beswick, an employee for seven years, said: "All the employees could lose their jobs overnight.
"I am shaking with anger over this. Mr Halifax was just beginning to build the business back up to the level it had been just after the war, when Totties was advertised as having the best selection of perennials, trees and shrubs in the North," she added.
Mr Beswick said the ruling meant Totties could only continue as a wholesale supplier, but added: "In business terms, that is very limiting.
"Mr Halifax has been trying to build up the business. Now we don't know if we have a job to go to on Monday morning."
Mr Halifax was in talks with legal advisers yesterday and was unavailable to comment.