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Would You Like To Buy Your Own Garden Centre?

If you have ever had the ambition to run your own garden centre, then this could be your lucky day. Although you may need a few million pounds in the bank already, just to have a chance of being the purchaser.

Hawley Garden Centre, in Sutton at Hone, Dartford, is being sold as a going concern, as the family-run garden centre has been put on the market for £5 million.

The current owners took over the Hawley Road garden centre in 1981 and developed the site from a basic plant nursery into the successful business it is today. The 7.6-acre site has nine independent concessions including a home office supplier, farm shop, dog grooming business, a car wash and Maidenhead Aquatics.

They also sell a range of products including giftware, Christmas ranges, furniture, barbecues, compost, chemicals and bird feed.

Sales reports show plants to be the highest turnover department

There is a four bedroom detached house on the site with enclosed private gardens and a detached triple garage with a large separate storage area. It also has three reception rooms, a large kitchen, dining room, utility room and conservatory.

The garden centre is operated by 26 members of staff, and the ongoing annual staff bill is anticipated to be about £400,000 for 22 people. Staff are expected to transfer with the business. In its most recent recording year ending August 31st, 2022 the centre had an adjusted net profit of £517,477.

Locals are hopeful that the business can be sold to another family who can continue running it in a similar fashion. There is a concern that if they owners are not successful in finding a buyer, housing developers could begin eyeing up the land for housing.

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