Squire's buys Secrett's garden centre

Sarah Squire and Charles Secrett
Sarah Squire and Charles Secrett

F.A.Secrett has sold its garden centre in Milford, Surrey to Squire’s Garden Centres for an undisclosed figure.  

Secretts Garden Centre was a wholly owned subsidiary of F.A.Secrett Ltd and the company stresses that all other parts of the business will be unaffected, with the farm shop, farm and pick your own remaining the focus of the business.

The company retains its tea and gift shop and franchises such as a butchers.

Managing director Charles Secrett said: "Secretts wish to concentrate their efforts on food production and food retailing. The interest in local home grown food continues to drive our business, and we see not only strong growth in sales through our farm shop in Milford but also an increasing demand from the top restaurants in London and across the South of England." 

Secretts is known for supplying fresh salads, fruit and vegetables to chefs at restaurants such as Le Gavroche and Hix.

Squire's chairman Colin Squire said: "Secrett’s Garden Centre is a very long-established and highly regarded centre and I am delighted that it has become part of our group. I believe it is an excellent fit both in terms of its location and also the ethos of the business.

"We look forward to getting to know the team at the garden centre and its customers. We also believe that, in working closely with F.A.Secrett and their other enterprises, we can ensure that customers continue to enjoy a unique experience when visiting the businesses in Milford."

A separate business, Secrett's Direct, part-owned by TV star Gregg Wallace, was on site until March, when it went into voluntary liquidation. Secrett's now sells its vegetables through Covent Garden Market veg wholesaler Mash.

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