Tong Garden Centre new owners' plans will "put business on map"

Ernest Wilson Business Agents have negotiated the multi million pound sale of Bradford's Tong Garden Centre which formally completed earlier this week.

Ron Harker appointed Ernest Wilson to review the market and find a purchaser for the 7ha site following his decision to retire having owned the business since 1984. Harker's son Antony now runs Kelkay.

Following a serious fire in 2000 the garden centre was completely re-built incorporating a range of buildings including retail sales, restaurant, warehousing, glass houses and poly-tunnels extending to over 110,000 sq.ft. with car parking for 700 vehicles.

The garden centre has been bought freehold by two East Yorkshire businessmen Tom Megginson and Mark Farnsworth who have substantial redevelopment plans.

They own several other businesses, including a farm shop, Williams Farm Kitchen situated in Hornsea and a Biogas plant, GWE Biogas in Driffield. B

Megginson said: "We have been looking for a new site and having been introduced to Tong Garden Centre by Ernest Wilson, it allows us to harness our previous business experience and take Tong Garden Centre from a successful business to a multi million pound turnover business which will not only provide a fantastic destination for our customers but will also dramatically increase the number of employees thus helping the local economy."

Jonathan Holmes of Ernest Wilson said: "As one of the largest independently owned businesses in West Yorkshire it has been a pleasure to act on Mr Harker’s behalf in the sale of Tong Garden Centre and ensuring Ron now enjoys a well-deserved retirement" he added, "The purchasers have some very exciting plans which I believe will really put this business on the map as one of the best Garden Centres in the region."

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