// Wyevale sells John Browns Garden Centre to Hillier Garden Centres
// This is Wyevale’s second transaction with Hillier Garden Centres
// It will continue to be run as a garden centre and the sale is expected to complete by the end of September
Wyevale Garden Centres has announced John Browns Garden Centre will be sold to Hillier Garden Centres.
This is Wyevale’s second transaction with Hillier Garden Centres and follows the sale of four centres in April.
It will continue to be run as a garden centre and the sale is expected to complete by the end of September.
“I am very pleased that John Browns will continue to be operated as a garden centre, and by an operator that we now know well thanks to having sold centres to Hillier over the last year,” Wyevale Garden Centres chief operating officer Anthony Jones said.
Hillier retail and wholesale director Chris Francis said: “We are delighted to announce the acquisition of John Browns Garden Centre, joining the Hillier family business, growing the group to 17 garden centres serving customers across the South of England.
Meanwhile, Wyevale has also announced the closure of a leasehold centre, Thatcham Garden Centre.
The freehold and leasehold interest have been acquired by the current landlord, who has asked for vacant possession and the centre will therefore close by the end of September.
Jones said: “I am disappointed to announce that Thatcham Garden Centre will close by the end of September – we have informed our colleagues and would like to wish them all the very best for the future.”