CherryQD stores was started in Norwich in 1984, with QD standing for quality discounts. Cherry Lane Garden Centres, part of the QD Group, have bought Glebe Garden Centre in Countesthorpe, Leicestershire.
Cherry Lane said: "There are exciting plans ahead which have already begun with a new outdoor decked area for Chives Coffee Shop. The garden centre will continue to expand over the coming years as the Cherry Lane team push the business forward.
"Glebe Garden Centre was one of the very first purpose built centres to be constructed on a green field site and was officially opened by Cyril Fletcher in spring 1974 just outside of Countesthorpe, Leicestershire.
"The proprietor at the time was Roy Carter who had very strong interest in gardening. In 1979 he and his family moved to the Isle of Man, and Glebe Garden Centre was taken over by Bernard Hanraads and Mary Knifton. Bernard was employed originally in the planteria and Mary was Roy's secretary. Sadly, Mary passed away in February 2004. Bernard retired when Cherry Lane purchased the site and still lives locally."
Cherry Lane's 10 garden centres: Beverley (East Yorkshire), Bradmore (Nottinghamshire), Braintree (Essex), Early Dawn (Suffolk), Glebe, Long Melford (Suffolk), Pulham Market (Norfolk), Roman Way (Northamptonshire), South View (Suffolk), Tickhill (South Yorkshire).
QD stores was started in Norwich in 1984, with QD standing for quality discounts. The group includes more than 40 outlets, mainly in the east of England.