Merseyside-based garden centre sold to Klondyke

Klondyke bought Lady Green Garden Centre at Ince Blundell, Merseyside, over Easter to take its chain to 24 centres.

Former owner Philip Allison, who will remain as part of the management team, said: "We're confident that the style and ambience of the centre will be retained by Klondyke, enabling Lady Green to preserve its individuality for its customers and to maintain its highly regarded, national status within the industry."

But GCA chief executive Gillie Westwood said: "It's sad they have become part of a chain like Heighley Gate did recently. Lady Green's planteria is exceptional, and I hope standards won't now drop."

Property firm Hammond Phillips advised the vendor.

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