March 2013:  The business and assets of Whiteleys Garden Centre in Mirfield near Huddersfield have been sold out of administration to a private investment vehicle, securing jobs for 45 staff.   Gilbert Evans advised the administrators on the sale.

Having traded for over 25 years, the garden centre sells a wide range of plants, garden furniture, and pets and aquatics supplies as well as having a busy café. Its annual turnover is estimated to be over £2m and assets include its freehold site and significant levels of stock. 

Mike Gilbert, partner at Gilbert Evans comments:  “The sale of Whiteleys Garden Centre attracted a high level of interest. It demonstrates that investors continue to have an appetite for the garden centre sector, especially for centres that can achieve turnover of over £2 million and that also offer great potential.”