// Wyevale agrees to the sale of 11 of its centres in 4 separate transactions
// The sale process will be handled by specialist business property advisor Christie & Co
Wyevale Garden Centres (WGC) has agreed to selling 11 of its centres in four separate transactions to British Garden Centres, The Plant Area Limited (t/a Clandon Park Garden Centre), Coolings Garden Centres and Maidenhead Aquatics.
British Garden Centres will acquire 8 Wyevale centres: Albrighton, Birchencliffe, Bressingham, Gardenlands, Hemel Hempstead, Louth, Tarporley and Wolseley Bridge.
This follows British Garden Centres earlier purchase of six Wyevale centres.
The Plant Area Limited will acquire Woking garden centre, Coolings Garden Centres will acquire Wych Cross garden centre and Maidenhead Aquatics will acquire Dummer garden centre.
“The sale of a further 11 centres takes the total number sold to 101 since the sale process began,” WGC chief operating officer Anthony Jones said.
“I’m delighted that these 11 centres will remain as garden centres and would like to thank all colleagues for their commitment and contribution and wish them all well for the future.”
British Garden Centres managing director Charles Stubbs said: “We are proud to announce the purchase of these additional centres into our rapidly expanding British Garden Centres family. Phillippa, Robert and I and all the British Garden Centres teams are looking forward to supporting the new centres in the set up for the Autumn/Winter trading period. We would like to express our thanks to all involved in this complex purchase process.”
Clandon Park Garden Centre managing director Lee Wong said: “Clandon Park has been under our independent ownership since 2003 and we are delighted to welcome all the staff at Woking Garden Centre into our company.
“The two centres serve different towns, but are less than 20 minutes apart and already share many customers offering significant opportunities to work and grow together.”
Meanwhile, Coolings Garden Centres chairman Paul Cooling said: “The whole team at Coolings is looking forward to welcoming their new colleagues from Wych Cross. The centre and nursery has a great reputation for roses, and is a great fit for Coolings.
“After completion the centre will close temporarily for refurbishment and will re-open as Wych Cross Nursery on Friday 23rd August.”
Furthermore, Maidenhead Aquatics managing director David Lawrence said: “Maidenhead Aquatics are pleased to have acquired Dummer Garden Centre.
“Having traded from the site for over ten years as a concession it was an opportunity to secure both the future of the site as a local traditional garden centre as well as enhancing and securing our existing specialist aquatics offering. We very much look forward to working with the existing team and further improving the centre.”
WGC’s sale process will be handled by specialist business property advisor Christie & Co.