Value retail group QD Commercial Holdings has further expanded its Cherry Lane Garden Centre portfolio with the acquisition of Early Dawn Nurseries near Lowestoft in Suffolk.
Trading since the 1960s, Early Dawn Nurseries offers a large range of trees, shrubs, perennials and seasonal bedding, as well as other items such as garden furniture, pet care, gifts and leisure items.
The centre, whose staff of 12 will be employed by the new owners, will continue to trade as Early Dawn Nurseries, re-launching at Easter 2014 upon completion of a major redevelopment programme including a new family restaurant.
“Early Dawn is a fabulous looking site with an established customer base,” says QD Commercial Holdings CEO, Nick Rubins. “We are planning to expand the current offer and make it easier for our customers to shop the full range of Cherry Lane products.
“Early Dawn has a great reputation for on site, own-grown plants and we look forward to expanding this with continued success over the coming seasons,” he adds.
“This site complements our existing portfolio and is an exciting first acquisition of 2014 for the group,” says Nicks.
“Our strategy is to develop our garden centre business both organically and through acquisition, and we always welcome approaches from successful businesses looking to exit the market.”
Cherry Lane Garden Centres also trade at Long Melford and Pulham Market in Suffolk, Bradmore in Nottinghamshire, Fritton in Norfolk, Towcester in Northamptonshire, Beverley in Yorkshire, Braintree in Essex, Tickhill in South Yorkshire and Cromford in Derbyshire.