London's Highgate Garden Centre closes

The owners of Highgate Garden Centre in London have announced the centre is closing in the "next couple of weeks" following speculation that the business was under threat.

Capital Gardens, which runs the centre, sold the freehold to the land on which it is located – known as Highgate Bowl – in September last year.

Capital Gardens managing director Colin Campbell-Preston said: "We have decided to close the garden centre and focus our efforts on our business in Alexandra Palace.

"We’re holding a closing down sale next Friday so will close once we’ve sold our stock."

He said sales at the Highgate site were down 34 per cent.

The site was bought for £2million by a company called Omved International Limited, based in the British Virgin Islands.

Campbell-Preston said two of the garden centre staff would take up new roles at Alexandra Palace, while three had decided to leave and others had taken redundancy.

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