Wyevale Garden Centres (WGC) has announced the sale of Findon Garden Centre at Worthing in West Sussex to Findon Garden Centre Ltd (FGCL): a new company set up by the current WGC Findon Garden Centre manager Dylan Penhaligan and his partner Chrissie Chaplin.
The sale is expected to complete by mid-September and the site will continue to operate as a garden centre.
Anthony Jones, chief operating officer of WGC, said: “I’m delighted to see Findon Garden Centre continue operating under management who have such an in-depth knowledge of the site. Dylan and Chrissie’s commitment to this centre has been clear throughout the sale process and I’m confident we leave Findon in good hands. I would like to thank all of our colleagues at Findon Garden Centre for their skills and hard work and wish them the very best under new ownership.”
Dylan Penhaligan and Chrissie Chaplin, directors of FGCL said: “Findon Garden Centre is now a local, independent, family-run garden centre. We have years of experience in horticulture retail, including, in Dylan’s case, two years of managing Findon Garden Centre, and are both looking forward to working with our colleagues and greeting our customers.”
WGC also announced the closure of a leasehold centre, Rayleigh Garden Centre at Rayleigh in Essex. This centre is expected to close by the end of September, following confirmation from the landlord that a new lease will not be granted to potential new operators.
Anthony commented: “Our ambition has always been to find a positive outcome for all centres but I’m disappointed to announce that Rayleigh Garden Centre will close by the end of September, shortly before the lease expires. I would like to thank all colleagues at this centre and wish them the very best for the future.”