Yorkshire Garden Centres adds two more sites to portfolio

by | Feb 27, 2024 | Centre News, News | 0 comments

Yorkshire Garden Centres adds two Dean's stores to portfolio

Bradford-based Yorkshire Garden Centres has announced it is to operate two more sites in Yorkshire.  The two Dean’s Garden Centre sites at York and Scarborough will be added to the group that already has sites at Tong, Tingley, Otley and Bingley in West Yorkshire.

The Dean’s business dates back to 1968 when they opened the York store on a four acre site at Stockton on the Forest. This was followed by the acquisition of the eight-acre Scarborough site in 1986.  The business now employs over 100 people and all the roles will transfer with the sale.  Richard, Helen and Sarah, who are the second generation of the Dean family to run the business, will all enjoy a very well-earned retirement.

Mark Farnsworth, MD of Yorkshire Garden Centres said: “We are delighted to welcome the Dean’s sites into the Yorkshire Garden Centres group in partnership with Altia Estates. We are grateful to the Dean family for letting us take the business forward, and we intend to continue to use the Dean’s name, which has become so well respected over the years.  Whilst several members of the family retire, we are also really pleased that others have agreed to stay on and continue to work in the business”.

Mr. Farnsworth added: “We set out our ambitions five years ago to grow the group and our four current centres employ nearly 450 people.  Planning was approved for a new site at Thorp Arch in the middle of last year but, very sadly, the delays due to the COVID pandemic and gaining Planning Permission meant that the scheme was no longer viable which was a real blow as we felt Thorp Arch was a great site.  Having established a strong management team, when the Dean’s opportunity came up we recognised it was a great way to continue our growth journey.”

Richard Dean, a partner at Dean’s Garden Centre said: “We are pleased our Centres are joining the Yorkshire Garden Centre group. We have followed their progress with interest and feel that we have many shared values. Having grown up living on the York site, we’ve been involved in the business in some capacity or other from a very young age. Now though is the right time for my sisters and I to retire, something that I personally was aiming to do in 2021, before Covid hit. The business can now move forward and provide, what will no doubt be an enhanced shopping experience for our customers. We wish the group the very best of luck as they move forward.”  

“We are also incredibly grateful to Antony Harker of Altia Estates for the financial support and faith he has shown in us,” added Mr Farnsworth.

Mr Harker commented: “We are delighted to support this opportunity and we wish the whole team at Yorkshire Garden Centres the very best.  I look forward to seeing the sites continue to grow and flourish under their management.”

Yorkshire Garden Centres began with the acquisition of Tong Garden Centre by Mark Farnsworth and Tom Megginson in 2015. They invested £9m to turn Tong from an ailing centre with a disenfranchised team to one of Yorkshire’s leading garden centres. The Group’s strategy is to operate destination garden centres with a compelling mix of retail, food and play for all the family.

more latest news ➡

Wellbeing at Pugh's Garden Centre

Wellbeing Winners at Pugh’s Garden Centre

Pugh’s Garden Centre is a well-known, and highly-regarded garden centre in South Wales. Set up by Sydney Pugh in the 1940’s, it originally started as a wholesale fruit and vegetable grower working from a nursery and selling from the gate. In the 1960’s, Sydney’s...

Cherry Lane acquires Norwich garden centre

Cherry Lane acquires Salhouse Garden Centre near Norwich

A garden centre on the outskirts of Norwich is under new ownership and it will be revamped over the coming months. The Cherry Lane group has acquired Salhouse Garden Centre in Honeycombe Road, which is its 18th site. It has garden centres throughout East...

job opportunity at Grimsby Garden Centre

Unique Garden Centre Business Manager opportunity

Grimsby Garden Centre is excited to share this opening for a Garden Centre Business Manager which is rewarding career opportunity that combines retail management with making a difference in the local community. As Grimsby Garden Centre is owned...

Prosper and Yorkshire Garden Centres part ways

Prosper Bidding Farewell to Yorkshire Garden Centres

Prosper, a leading buying group committed to supporting enterprise and growth within our industry, announces the departure of YGC, effective 30th September 2024. Terry Head Retail Director of Stewarts and Chairman of Prosper, stated, "YGC has been a supportive...

Kent & Stowe Autumn promotion

Kent & Stowe autumn promotion to help boost sales

Kent & Stowe, renowned for its high-quality gardening tools that help gardeners achieve extraordinary results has an array of enticing offers to support garden retailers this autumn. These promotions will encourage the nation to keep on gardening and ensure...

Yorkshire Garden Centres joins the Tillington Group

Yorkshire Garden Centres to join the Tillington Group

Yorkshire Garden Centres have announced that they are to join the Tillington Group.  The Bradford based business took over Tong Garden Centre in 2015 and now operate six centres across Yorkshire from the base at Tong. Mark Farnsworth, Managing Director of Yorkshire...

Dobbies charity appeal

Dobbies Garden Centres seeks new National Charity Partner

Dobbies has launched the search for its next National Charity Partner, as part of its 160th year celebrations. The new partnership will commence on 1 March 2025, following the conclusion of Dobbies’ successful nine-year collaboration with the Teenage Cancer Trust...

Banners for marketing

How Banners Generate Business for Garden Centres

In the verdant world of garden centres, where competition blooms as fiercely as the flowers on display, standing out is paramount to cultivating success. Amidst an array of advertising strategies, banners have emerged as a particularly potent tool for garden...

Read GCR's latest edition!

Subscribe ToThe Wednesday Word

Subscribe To
The Wednesday Word

 

Get all the latest news, events & more straight to your inbox every Wednesday.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This