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Wyevale acquires Moreton Park Garden Centre

Wyevale Garden Centres has bought Moreton Park Garden Centre from Shropshire Leisure Group (SLG).

The 7,000sqm centre brings the number of Wyevale centres to 141.

Wyevale chief executive Kevin Bradshaw said: "Moreton Park has an excellent reputation as a stand-out garden centre in the region. Known for its unique location, excellent plants and products and appeal to gardeners of all abilities, the centre is an ideal fit within our estate and we look forward to welcoming its customers and employees to our business."

SLG, which is backed by Rcapital, will now concentrate on its hotels and pub, which are also located in Chirk: The Lion Quays Hotel & Spa, Moreton Park Hotel and the Lord Moreton Pub.

There was believed to be a bidding war to buy Moreton Park.

Alyson Haywood previously managed Woodlands Nursery and was a Wyevale regional manager before joining Moreton Park as general manager. 

Wyevale has expanded from 129 centres to 141 since Terra Firma took over in 2012, with Brooks Nursery being the only other purchase this year. Wyevale is set to announce another acquisition in October.

Source : Matthew Appleby - Horticulture Week
www.hortweek.com

05 October 2014

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