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Hampshire day nursery sold to expanding group operator

Mulberry Corner Nursery and Preschool, located in Chandler’s Ford, Hampshire, has been sold through specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co, to a growing group operator in the region.

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Established in 1992, Mulberry Corner provides exceptional childcare with an effective operating capacity of 50 children. The nursery was awarded its first Outstanding rating from Ofsted in 2010 and it has maintained this to date, which is reflected in the business’ consistent performance and enviable reputation.

Split into two age-specific sections, a nursery for the under-three’s and a preschool for over three’s, Mulberry Corner comprises a total of seven play and learning rooms, plus an extensive and fully enclosed garden for the children to enjoy.

The nursery is conveniently located in between Chandler’s Ford, Chilworth and Eastleigh, just off the M3 in a predominantly residential area, making it an ideal and accessible option for parents who live in the neighboring towns or commute.

Having operated the nursery for nearly 30 years, the previous owner, Mrs Denise Barry is looking forward to retiring and her daughter, Emma Sadler, who helped her in the running of the business, will be exploring new ventures. Emma comments, “Mulberry Corner holds a very special place in our hearts and we are delighted to have found a purchaser who shares the same ethos and values as we do. We are very excited to see how Mulberry Corner grows and develops over the years to come.”

Mulberry Corner was purchased by Toddletown Group, which operates four nurseries in London and the South and plans to continue to expand their growing group. Eamonn O’Connor, Managing Director comments, “We are delighted to acquire such a successful and well-established nursery in a tremendous location. We look forward to building on the success achieved by Denise and Emma and taking their nursery to the next level. We look forward to welcoming the parents to the new baby unit we will be opening in the near future.” 

Sophie Willcox, Associate Director at Christie & Co handled the sale and comments, “I am delighted to have helped Mrs Barry and Mrs Sadler in finding the right buyer for their nursery. I’d like to wish them the best of luck in their retirement and future ventures. 

“We were inundated with interest for Mulberry Corner, which is no doubt a result of its Ofsted rating and reputation for providing excellent childcare. I am delighted to have assisted Eamonn in expanding his group and hope to work with them again in the future.”

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