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Three Wyevale Garden Centres change owners

By John Corser | Business | Published:

Three garden centres are in the hands of new owners.

Gardenlands, off the Bridgnorth Road, in Shipley, is one of the centres that has been sold. Photo: Google Maps

They are among eight Wyevale Garden Centres sites that have been sold to British Garden Centres

The sites include Newport Road, Albrighton; Gardenlands, Bridgnorth Road, Shipley and Wolseley Bridge.

BGC had previously bought another six of Wyevale’s centres.

Albrighton was valued at £2 million freehold and covers 6.2 acres, Gardenlands was a former Garden & Leisure site and was valued at £3.4m on 19 acres and Wolseley Bridge’s value was £1.4m on 3.82 acres.

British Garden Centres now has 24 sites and Wyevale now has 43 centres, having sold 102 since the business was put on the market in May last year.

Charles Stubbs, managing director of British Garden Centres, said: “We are proud to announce the purchase of these additional centres into our rapidly expanding British Garden Centres family.”

WGC chief operating officer Anthony Jones said: “I’m delighted that these 11 centres will remain as garden centres and would like to thank all colleagues for their commitment and contribution and wish them all well for the future.”

Earlier this year almost 100 jobs were secured after two Shropshire garden centres were bought by Dobbies among 31 garden centres bought by the chain from Wyevale.

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They were the branches at Moreton Park near Oswestry and in Telford.

Dobbies also bought the Wyevale centre in Shenstone, near Lichfield., among the 31

Until last year, Wyevale was the UK’s largest garden centre chain with 145 branches ranging from local horticultural centres to major leisure destination venues.

One of the first Wyevale centres to be sold was Percy Thrower’s Garden Centre in Shrewsbury, which was sold to Blue Diamond in July last year.

John Corser

By John Corser
Business Reporter

Express & Star Business Editor at head office, Wolverhampton. Welcomes all news of companies and business organisations.

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