Whiterigg Alpines to buy back its Chorley centre

Whiterigg Alpines will buy its site back after going into receivership, according to director Lee Wrigley.

Manchester-based chartered surveyor Eddisons is selling the 2.44ha Chorley propagation centre and glasshouses for £350,000.

In September, the Lancashire-based grower and supplier of alpine rockery plants was being bought out of administration for the second time in as many years. The business was sold to the newly-created Chorleyforest, owned by former Whiterigg directors Steven and Lee Wrigley.

Jeremy Woodside and Ben Barrett from RSM Tenon were appointed administrators on 1 September.

Lee Wrigley suggested he had made an offer for the site: "We went into administration last year and this is the final bit left over. (RSM Tenon) threatened to sell the site on behalf of (the bank) but we have put something in place so that won't happen. The (for sale) signs should hopefully be coming down this week."

Eddisons representative James Cole said Whiterigg was trading on a short-term licence, which it was "in the process of extending". He said of the sale: "There's an offer on the table that I think will be accepted. We'll finalise in the next couple of months."

Whiterigg first entered administration in April 2009 and was bought four months later by Whiterigg Alpines UK. Steven and Lee Wrigley were directors of both companies. At the time of going into administration in 2009, Whiterigg employed 91 people, had a turnover of around £4.5m and supplied more than 200 garden centres around the country.

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