Wyevale Garden Centres has announced that Podington Garden Centre has been sold to Cherry Lane Garden Centre. The sale is expected to complete by the middle of August, with WGC continuing to operate the centre until this date. Cherry Lane Garden Centre acquired Barnett Hill Garden Centre from WGC in March 2019 where it was announced the garden centre will be known as Barnett Hill by Cherry Lane and will retain all staff enabling them to remain in their existing roles. Cherry Lane has also said all staff at Podington Garden Centre will remain in their roles.
Earlier this month Wyevale Garden Centres announced the sale of a further 11 garden centres in four separate transactions to British Garden Centres, The Plant Area Limited (t/a Clandon Park Garden Centre), Coolings Garden Centres and Maidenhead Aquatics.
Anthony Jones, chief operating officer at Wyevale Garden Centres, commented: “We are pleased to have agreed the sale of Podington Garden Centre to a well-established garden centre operator. I would like to thank our colleagues for their commitment and contribution since joining the group in 2014 and wish them all the best for the future.”
Nick Rubins, chief executive of QD Group which owns Cherry Lane, said: “The acquisition of Podington Garden Centre is another step in the growth and success of Cherry Lane. We are a family run business and are very pleased to welcome the team from Wyevale Garden Centres and are looking forward to sharing with our customers our great value, excellent quality and ever-changing spectacular new deals.”
Cherry Lane has said it will be working to introduce a number of key improvements and developments to the garden centre over the next few months to enhance customers enjoyment and experience of the great value and quality of products from garden furniture, comprehensive pet department and wild bird care not to mention seasonal special offers and the wonderful array of plants, many grown within the Group’s three nursery operations, located across the country.
Podington by Cherry Lane is now the 14th garden centre owned by the QD Group.