This is WGC’s fourth transaction with British Garden Centres following the sale of one centre in December 2018, six centres in February and eight centres in June.
Bournville will continue to be run as a garden centre. The sale is expected to complete by the end of this month.
Anthony Jones, chief operating officer of WGC, said: “I’m pleased that Bournville will continue as a garden centre, run by an operator that we now know well thanks to having sold centres to British Garden Centres over the last year. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our colleagues at Bournville for their hard work and passion, and wish them all the best for the future under new ownership.”
Charles Stubbs, managing director of British Garden Centres said: “We are proud to announce the purchase of Bournville Garden Centre into our rapidly expanding British Garden Centres family. We are looking forward to supporting Bournville in the set up for the autumn/winter trading period.”
WGC has also announced that Swindon Hay Lane Garden Centre at Swindon in Wiltshire will be operated by Studley Grange Limited, following a surrender of the soon-to-expire lease to the landlord. The garden centre will be operated alongside the existing Butterfly World and Craft Village, which are also situated on site. The site will continue to operate as a Wyevale Garden Centre until the end of September.
Anthony said: “We strive for a positive outcome with all our centres and I’m delighted that Swindon Hay Lane will continue to be run as a garden centre, with all employees to transfer over to new ownership. I would like to wish them all the very best for the future.”
Tony Miller, managing director of Studley Grange Limited, added: “I’m over the moon to bring the garden centre back in-house, allowing us to fully integrate the garden centre with the Craft Village, Butterfly World, Farm Park and Zoo, on the 25-acre site. We have recently obtained planning approval for a building linking the garden centre and Craft Village together, with more favourable conditions on use. Our existing management and staff are excited and looking forward to working with their new colleagues at the garden centre.”