Wyevale buys Crowders Garden Centre

Wyevale Garden Centres has confirmed the purchase of Crowders Garden Centre, based in Horncastle, Lincolnshire.

Following the acquisition, WGC’s estate will consist of 153 centres across England and Wales.


Kevin Bradshaw, chief executive of Wyevale Garden Centres, said: "I am delighted to extend a warm welcome to all our new colleagues at Crowders Garden Centre. I would like to take this opportunity to emphasise that, moving forward, it is very much business as usual at Crowders. The Crowder family has been serving the community since 1798, and so we plan to work closely with the team and the Horncastle community to decide how best to preserve the business’ unparalleled history.


"We are thrilled that centre manager, Ken Dawson, and the team will be staying on and are committed to helping us map out the centre’s future.  This acquisition fits well within our aims at WGC; it will help strengthen our national presence and build upon our commitment to providing the ‘very best of local and national’ in garden centre retailing."


Robert Crowder of Crowders said: "As a seventh generation owner of Crowders, I am pleased to say that Wyevale Garden Centres’ enthusiasm and determination to preserve our heritage assures me that they will continue to serve Horncastle with the same excellent standards we always have. WGC has promised to invest in our people, retain and enhance our diverse offering as well as work closely with our team to develop the centre. The Crowder family will retain and develop the rest of the business which includes the wholesale nursery and online business and we will work closely with WGC to ensure there is smooth transition of ownership."

He added that Crowders is a family business established in 1798 and has been a significant employer in the Horncastle area for more than two centuries: "We would like to pay tribute to all the staff that have helped develop our garden centre and restaurant into what it is today and we are confident that WGC will continue to build on the reputation for quality that the centre enjoys."
Quinton Edwards was sales agent. 
He said the acquisition by WGC represents only 25 per cent of the Crowder family business. Crowders 
intend to develop their nationally important wholesale nursery division which supplies trees and plants to commercial developments, major infrastructure projects and landscape contractors throughout the UK. In addition they will also continue to grow their online garden centre (www.crowders.co.uk) which supplies home and garden products to consumers throughout the UK.
He added: "We will continue to be a major local employer and look forward to focussing our attention on our remaining business."

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