10/16/2023 | Childcare & Education

Exceptional South Manchester day nursery sold to Storal

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co, has announced the sale of Alexandra Park Children’s Learning Community in Whalley Range, Greater Manchester.

Alexandra Park Children's Learning Community in Manchester


Alexandra Park CLC is a highly sought-after, locally renowned children’s day nursery with a unique offering that is second to none amongst its local community and beyond. The popular setting is well known for offering high-quality childcare and is a democratic and bilingual early-years learning community where children experience both English and Spanish.

Established in 2013 by dedicated operators Susana Lopez and Effie Delphinius, the nursery has developed from strength to strength with a current operating capacity for 123 children, consistently high occupancy levels, and a waiting list.

Following a confidential sales process with Sofia Beck at Christie & Co, Alexandra Park CLC has been purchased by national group operator Storal, which now has a portfolio of 29 registered settings, operating as 26 nurseries, and is ranked the fourth highest-quality nursery group in the UK on the Nursery World Ofsted quality table for 2023.

Susana Lopez and Effie Delphinius, former owners of Alexandra Park CLC, comment, “We founded Alexandra Park with the view to creating a democratic learning community that would benefit children from an early age. For the last 10 years, alongside an amazing, skilled, and dedicated team of professionals, we have worked very hard to realise our dream of allowing children the freedom to learn as full citizens with rights and responsibilities. We are delighted that Storal chose to share our dream, and we are sure that, with their expertise and resources, they will be able to take Alexandra Park Children’s Learning Community to new heights.”

Sarah Mackenzie, CEO of Storal, comments, “We were really drawn to Alexandra Park by the exceptional work Susana, Effie, and the team have done over the years to create a very special nursery that is so popular in the local community. There’s real alignment between Alexanda Park and our other nurseries, with their focus on the individuality of each child. Alexandra Park will, like all acquisitions at Storal, benefit from our approach of keeping what is unique about each nursery we acquire, respecting their story, and blending this with Storal’s values and strong support structures. By joining the Storal family, we believe we can enhance what the nursery has been doing - striving for even greater heights of early years educational excellence - without losing the essence of what they do best.”

Sofia Beck, Director – Childcare & Education at Christie & Co, comments, “I first met Effie and Susana in 2016 and I was so pleased to be instructed to manage the sale of their impressive nursery.  I know that exiting was a life-changing decision for them, so it was crucial for me to find a new owner that they felt comfortable with and I’m extremely happy that we were able to achieve this. The transaction had its challenges, as they all do, however the strong working relationship that the vendors built with Storal throughout the transaction was integral to the deal, resulting in a successful completion. I'm confident that Storal will continue the nursery’s success and further develop the business along with the existing staff team. I wholeheartedly wish Susana and Effie the very best for the future and the beginning of an exciting new chapter.”

Alexandra Park Children’s Learning Community was sold for an undisclosed price.

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For further information on this press release, contact:
Phoebe Burrows, Corporate Communications Manager
P: 07540 063 598 or E: phoebe.burrows@christie.com

Contact the agent:
Sofia Beck, Director – Childcare & Education
P: 07736 616 687 or E: sofia.beck@christie.com

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