// Wyevale sells Bournville Garden Centre to British Garden Centres
// This is Wyevale’s 4th transaction with British Garden Centres
// Bournville will continue to be run as a garden centre
Wyevale has announced the sale of Bournville Garden Centre to British Garden Centres as it continues to slim down its portfolio.
This marks Wyevale’s fourth transaction with British Garden Centres following the sale of one centre in December 2018, six centres in February and eight centres in June 2019.
Bournville will continue to be run as a garden centre.
The sale is expected to complete mid-August.
“I am pleased that Bournville will continue as a garden centre, run by an operator that we now know well thanks to having sold centres to British Garden Centre’s over the last year,” Wyevale chief operating officer Anthony Jones said.
British Garden Centres managing director Charles Stubbs said: “We are proud to announce the purchase of Bournville Garden Centre into our rapidly expanding British Garden Centres family.
“Phillippa, Robert and I and all the British Garden Centres teams are looking forward to supporting Bournville in the set up for the autumn/winter trading period.”
Wyevale has also announced that Swindon Hay Lane Garden Centre’s landlord, Studley Grange Limited, will continue to operate the site as a garden centre.
It will be operated alongside the existing Butterfly World and Craft Village, which are also situated on site.
The site will continue operating as a Wyevale Garden Centre until the end of September.
Jones said: “We strive for a positive outcome with all our centres and I am delighted that Swindon Hay Lane will continue to be run as a garden centre, with all employees to transfer over to new ownership. I would like to wish them all the very best for the future.”
The latest news means Wyevale has now dwindled its near-150 store estate down to 22 garden centres plus six centres trading under license.
It first announced plans to offload stores last year in May, after a huge investment scheme saw it return to profitability.