The Secret Garden Centre, at Quex Park Estate in Birchington, is up for sale and being marketed by specialist business property adviser Christie & Co.
Established 20 years ago, the garden centre occupies two-acres within a Victorian walled garden, in the heart of the Quex Park Estate.
The Secret Garden Centre has grown to be a central attraction on the estate and has a wide range of customers for its plants, many of which are grown onsite, The centre also stocks garden décor and ornaments, pots, and gifts.
The site also includes a shop building and a number of named glasshouses, which each display different products and plants on offer.
Christie & Co say the profitable business has a favourable lease and provides scope for further expansion.
Business owners Liz and Nick said: “After over 20 enjoyable years here at the Secret Garden Centre it is now time for us to retire. The business is stronger than ever and the estate continues to improve every year, we hope to find new owners who can build on what we have created and to continue to serve our wonderful customers.”
Tom Glanvill, Associate Director at Garden Centres & Retail at Christie & Co, who is handling the sale, added: “This business represents a fantastic opportunity with low overheads, strong margins and a prominent position on this fabulous country estate. The centre is located on the former kitchen garden and has a charm that is hard to find within the increasingly homogenised garden centre market.”
The Secret Garden Centre is on the market with a guide price of £300,000 plus stock for the goodwill of the business. The lease will be assigned to the new purchaser and the current rent is £6,000 per annum.
Find more at www.christie.com
So secret, I didn’t even know it existed and have never seen it advertised in the local press or on the approaches to Quex. Wonder if that’s the main reason behind the sale?
You cannot be a gardener, then, is all I can say if you have never heard of the excellent Secret Garden.
Always a sarcastic comment from somebody these days.
You have missed a treat, an excellent garden centre with friendly and knowledgeable staff.
Hopefully who ever buys it will continue in the same vein.
So very sorry you are leaving, fantastic place with ever one so helpful.
i think the prices are secret as well , if you knew them before you wouldnt go there.
Their pricing has always been fair and open for the quality of their plants whenever i have been there (4 or 5 times a year).
If you are looking for something for nothing (apart from advice) you are at the wrong place.
I hope Liz has a great retirement. She deserves it. An example of starting with very little twice and more than making a go of things.
The best garden centre in Thanet! Hope the new owners don’t change a thing.
Do you have to pay for advertising your front cover on every post you send?
Is that top of the pop corn?
Love it, the best in Thanet!
“strong margins” You’re not wrong!
Have to agree with Real World, as good a quality and better prices elsewhere.
Where? Do tell.
Certainly Dumpton charges far more for similar goods.
I was talking to a another customer one day at the secret garden who was very knowledgeable about plants I ask her if she was a garden designer she laughed and replied “ good god no I’m an escort if you ever need one I’ll give you my card” which she did lol lovely lady. I’ve not taken her up on her offer my wife meets all my needs. Lol
That was me in drag!
It’s a great good quality place. Do hope they find a buyer.
Not sure I like the new Spitfire cafe, wooden bench tables outside don’t look clean. However I will give them a go, and good luck to the new management