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  • Wyevale Sidmouth taken over by local family business

    Richard and Niki King, of Kings Garden and Leisure, faced tough competition to take on the ownership of the former Wyevale Garden Centre.
    This comes after the business announced it would be selling 145 centres.
    The King’s have run their Exmouth garden centre for 14 years. They said the Stowford site was ‘perfect’ for what they wanted.
    The couple signed last Monday, picked up the keys on Friday and opened the store the following day.
    Richard said: “We’re excited by this opportunity to bring a vibrant family-run garden centre to Sidmouth.
    “We offer excellent customer service, real variety and value in our range. There’s a brilliant restaurant and coffee shop.
    “It’s been humbling in lots of ways. People have been coming in with cards or sending emails. They’re glad a local family business is taking it over.”

    Wyevale Sidmouth staff retained

    As part of the takeover, all staff at the garden centre will continue to work there.
    Richard said: “ It’s a fabulous location and it’s unique. It’s perfect for what we want.
    “We provide what people want. It keeps the money in the community. When customers shop here that money stays , it goes down the line and employs people.
    “It’s not something that is going to change overnight but it will come over the time and we will put our stamp on it.”
    The couple pride themselves on serving top-notch homemade food to bring in hungry customers from miles around.
    Niki said “We’ll be working with the team at Sidmouth to keep the handover as smooth as possible. We hope that customers will come and visit us.
    “It’s been very positive this week; we’re excited about our second venture and looking forward to it.
    “We live local and are a part of the community. We are buying off local suppliers, a honey farm a mile down the road and other local products.
    “People come miles for the food and we look to replicate it in Sidmouth.”

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