James Ducker, whose grandfather Walter founded Langlands Garden Centre, has acquired the business.
Following the deal, Walter’s son John Ducker will retire after 54 years in the business. John’s son, Ian, who has also worked in the business for many years, will leave to pursue other business interests.
James Ducker has become the majority shareholder. His father Robert Ducker also retains a shareholding.
Langlands Garden Centre in Shiptonthorpe, outside York employs more than 180 staff and has a turnover of £7.5m.
James Ducker said: “After almost 30 years in the business I can honestly say that I love coming into work every day. This is down to our amazing team and loyal customer base.
“For customers it will be business as usual. Looking forward, I’m keen to maximise our nursery’s potential. I will develop the food offering across the business, with more of a ‘field to fork’ focus.”
Langlands Garden Centre currently has three sites in Yorkshire – one in Leeds, one in York and the last in Sheffield. The company is a member of the Garden Centre Association and The Horticultural Trades Association.