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Wyevale buys Peter Barratt’s Garden Centres

Published: 20 September 2007
Sir Tom Hunter has splashed out more from his £50m war chest of cash to buy north east based Peter Barratt’s Garden Centres.
Following the acquisition of Sanders GardenWorld last month, Sir Tom's Wyevale Garden Centres group has added the three centre business to its rapidly growing portfolio.

Peter Barratt's Garden Centres was established in 1982 and has outlets in Gosforth (Newcastle), Stockton and Beverley.

Wyevale took over the running of the company today as well as its 400 employees.

The move is the latest twist in Sir Tom's battle with Tesco, which beat the Scottish entrepreneur in his attempt to buy the Dobbies Garden World chain.

Sir Tom's West Coast Capital Group (WCCG) is looking at further acquisitions as it aims to cement its position as the market leader in the garden retail industry.

Barry Stevenson, chief executive officer of Wyevale Garden Centres, said: "We are delighted to add a business of Peter Barratt's quality to the Wyevale portfolio.

"It is already a very successful business enjoying market leadership in the north east and fits perfectly into our existing geographical portfolio."

Comments

Published prior to March 2014
By Patricia Partington
It is with great sadness I have to say that I have just paid my last visit to Peter Barratt's Stockton garden centre. For the last 18 months/2 years I have seen the choice of plants steadily go down hill from what used to be a specialist plant centre to a run of the mill garden shop which only sells the standard plants which can be bought cheaper at supermarkets and discount shops. What a shame, I used to love my afternoons out at Pater Barrat's. Even the staff are disgruntled about it.

Perhaps the new owners could change their buyers?

Tricia Partington

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