Wyevale and Blue Diamond lead the way in autumn garden centre deals

Wyevale is set to acquire two more centres before Christmas, while Blue Diamond could take on a south of England centre by the end of the year.

David Beauchamp of David's Nurseries
David Beauchamp of David's Nurseries

Meanwhile Gilbert Evans has leased David's Nurseries in Worcester to Home & Garden Centres, which Gilbert Evans says is part of Chessum Roses and also owns Doveleys, Ise, Rutland and Willington centres.

The agent acted for Blue Diamond at Trelawney and Probus and is also selling an unnamed garden centre in Wales, believed to be to Wyevale.

Quinton Edwards is acting as agent for Trelawney on all three of its centres. Wyevale is believed to be taking Trelawney at Ashford imminently.

Blue Diamond managing director Alan Roper said: "We are taking Wadebridge (4.2m turnover) and Probus (near Truro) a greenfield site.  Wyevale have bought Ashford, near Barnstaple (1.9m turnover)."

Gilbert Evans director Mike Gilbert said said there are in addtion around six or seven centres "in play". Gilbert added that he has a large southern garden centre going onto the market.

He said: "There’s a lot of demand for centres from not only the groups but also the independents."

Quinton Edwards director Smon Quinton Smith said: "There are six or seven I'm working on and I could do a deal in the next few months." He added that independents are generally being outbid by chains. 


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