Hawley Garden Centre Welcomes New Owners and Exciting Plans for Expansion

Hawley Garden Centre Welcomes New Owners and Exciting Plans for Expansion

New Vision for Hawley Garden Centre Under New Ownership

Hawley Garden Centre in Sutton-at-Hone, Dartford has been acquired by Castacrete, a Kent-based paving and walling manufacturer. The family-run garden centre, which was put on the market last year for £5 million, will continue to operate as a garden centre but with new plans in the works.

Castacrete has revealed their vision for the 7.6-acre site, which includes the addition of a mini-golf course and a nursery alongside the existing complex. The centre currently boasts nine independent concessions, including a home office supplier, farm shop, dog grooming business, car wash, and Maidenhead Aquatics.

The previous owners, who took over the garden centre in 1981, have developed the site from a basic plant nursery into the thriving business it is today. The cafe, which is on a short lease to an independent operator, will also remain a feature of the centre.

The new owners are excited about the potential for growth at Hawley Garden Centre. Terry Smallman, founder of Castacrete, said, “We have some exciting plans for the future, which will hopefully include new additions such as a mini golf course and a possible children’s nursery. We will also be adding one of our own Roman Stone Landscaping Centres to the list of ever-growing attractions to the garden centre.”

Outgoing boss Janice East, who has worked at the centre for many years, expressed her sadness at leaving but also her confidence in the new owners. She said, “It is with a huge amount of sadness that I will no longer be at Hawley Garden Centre. My time for retirement brings reflection of how I’ve so enjoyed my everyday work life and have loved working in this industry. Happily, both my son Darrell, and my daughter Morgan will continue to work at the centre and help to continue the success of the business for the new owners.”

The previous owners had obtained planning permission in 2018 for a single storey extension to the centre, including extensions to the cafe and kitchen, outdoor seating, and a children’s play area. There is also a section of undeveloped land on the site, which the new owners may explore for further development opportunities.

Castacrete was founded in 1966 and is now based in Strood. The company has a successful history and is looking forward to adding Hawley Garden Centre to their portfolio. The new owners have expressed their gratitude for the hard work and dedication of the previous owners and staff, and are committed to continuing the centre’s success. With their fresh vision and plans for growth, Hawley Garden Centre is sure to remain a beloved destination for garden enthusiasts and families alike.

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