Wyevale Garden Centres buys Woodcote Green

Wyevale Garden Centres has bought Woodcote Green Garden Centre, based in Wallington, Surrey.

In 2015, Woodcote Green, a £15m turnover centre, was awarded the Best Retail Outlet of the Year at the Garden Retail Awards and was also recognised for its commitment to employee development. 

Senior staff such as Phil Barnden and Jon Hoare will stay at the centre, which was not sold on the open market and could have cost £15m+.

Kevin Bradshaw, chief executive of Wyevale Garden Centres, said: "I am delighted to extend a warm welcome to all our new colleagues at Woodcote Green Garden Centre. I would like to take this opportunity to emphasise that, moving forward, it is very much business as usual at Woodcote Green. We will take time to learn from all of our new colleagues and plan the next exciting phase in Woodcote Green’s history.

"In this regard, we are extremely pleased that our colleagues and senior management team will be staying and are committed to helping us plan the centre’s development. We will work hard to retain the legacy and heritage of this unique site, which has significant roots and has served its community for almost 60 years. It will help to strengthen our national presence and will reinforce our position of providing the ‘very best of local and national’ in garden centre retailing."

Chris Milan of Woodcote Green Garden Centre said: "WGC’s commitment to investing in its people and providing excellent quality of service and products makes me optimistic that the group will serve our community with the same heart and passion that our team has had for decades. Their pledge to conserve our diverse offering, to work closely with our management team and their promise to invest in the centre in the coming years, leaves me confident about the future of Woodcote Green."

Meanwhile, Wyevale has sold and leased back seven centres, raising £91m - click here to read more.

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