The sale is expected to complete by early August, with WGC continuing to operate the centre until this date.
WGC chief operating officer Anthony Jones said: “We’re delighted to have sold Heathlands Centre to a highly respected operator, and that it will continue to be run as a garden centre. I would like to take the opportunity to thank our colleagues at Heathlands who have been so instrumental in making it the brilliant operation that it is today and wish them all the best under new ownership.”
Squire’s chairman Sarah Squire added: “We’re delighted to welcome Heathlands to Squire’s Garden Centres. As a family business, firmly rooted in south-west London and nearby home counties, Heathlands is an excellent addition to our group. The centre brings us to 16 sites in all. We look forward to working with the team at the centre and really getting to know and understand the local community.”
The news follows an announcement made by WGC on June 26 that its Podington Garden Centre in Wellingborough had been sold to Cherry Lane Garden Centre, owned by QD Group. The sale is expected to complete by the middle of August.
And on June 19, WGC announced the sale of a further 11 garden centres in four separate transactions to British Garden Centres, The Plant Area Limited (trading as Clandon Park Garden Centre), Coolings Garden Centres and Maidenhead Aquatics.