Wyevale Garden Centres announce today the sale of John Browns Garden Centre. John Browns Garden Centre will be sold to Hillier Garden Centres, the second transaction with Hillier Garden Centres following 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.
Anthony Jones, COO of Wyevale Garden Centres, said: “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. I would like to take the opportunity to thank our colleagues for their hard work and passion over the years, and wish them all the best for the future under new ownership.”
Chris Francis, Retail and Wholesale Director of Hillier, 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. The Hillier team look forward to working with our new colleagues and getting to know the local gardening community, inspiring them with our great quality products and wide range of home-grown plants, all backed by renowned Hillier expertise.”
Wyevale Garden Centres also announce today 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.
Anthony Jones, COO of Wyevale Garden Centres said: We strive for a positive outcome with all our centres and so 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.”