Wyevale Garden Centres
|Headquarters||Syon Park, Brentford, Middlesex, England, United Kingdom|
|Justin King, Chairman
Roger Mclaughlan, CEO
|Owner||Terra Firma Capital Partners|
Number of employees
Wyevale Garden Centres, formerly The Garden Centre Group, is a chain of 151 garden centres in England and Wales. It is the largest garden centre group in the UK, with each centre separately branded.
The group now owns 17 of the "Garden Retail Top 100" individual centres by turnover, including nine in the top 40.
On 17 July 2014 the company announced it would be rebranding to Wyevale Garden Centres.
The company started as a mail-order nursery operated by the Williamson family in the 1930s in Hereford and in 1967 opened the first Wyevale Garden Centre on Kings Acre Road. It became a Public limited company (PLC) in 1987 and was listed on the London Stock Exchange.
In February 2009, following the collapse of the Icelandic investment company Baugur Group who had a large stake in the firm, the Bank of Scotland became the majority owner of the firm in a debt-for-equity deal. In 2009, the name was changed to The Garden Centre Group.
- Barnett Hill (Former Garden & Leisure)
- Gardenlands (Former Garden & Leisure)
- Percy Throwers (Former Garden & Leisure)
- Melbicks (Former Garden & Leisure Originally Airport & NEC)
- Cadbury (Former Garden & Leisure)
- Eastleigh (Former Garden & Leisure)
Wyevale Garden Centres encompass Blooms, Country Gardens, Bridgemere, Heighley Gate, Jack's Patch, Old Barn, Sanders, Woodlands, Wyevale, the Garden & Leisure Group, the Golden Acres Garden Centre Group as well as many smaller centres like Syon Park. The Group has changed the external signage on most of the garden centres back to their original names.
- News - Wyevale Group now under Bank of Scotland control
- Wyevale rebrands to return to its roots - RetailWeek
- Terra Firma buys Garden Centre in £276m deal - FT.com
- Wyevale rebrands to return to its roots | The People Pod