Disposal completed on Knutsford and Sale nurseries

Happitots and Poppies nurseries

Specialist business property advisor, Christie & Co, has sold Happitots Day Nursery in Sale, South Manchester and Poppies Day Nursery in Knutsford, Cheshire.

The sales are on a freehold basis to a local group operator, for an undisclosed sum.

Happitots Day Nursery was acquired by husband and wife David and Jenny Salmon in 2006.

They have evolved the existing business over the years, building a premium brand which incorporated popular out-of-school clubs offering quality provision for children of all ages.

Seven years after their first purchase, David and Jenny went on to set up their second day nursery, located around 15 miles from its sister setting.

Poppies Day Nursery operates from equally attractive newly-refurbished premises. The two nurseries have a combined operating capacity for 122 children and are managed to an exceptional standard.

Christie & Co’s specialist childcare team was engaged to facilitate a confidential sales process for both settings, as the owners had recently relocated to Scotland and felt that the time was finally right to pass the nursery on to an ambitious new owner.

Sofia Beck, associate director-childcare at Christie & Co, said: “It was a pleasure to assist David and Jenny with the sale, as I’ve known them number of years. I have followed their journey and so understand their difficulty in making the decision to finally sell.

“Although the transaction itself was not the smoothest, both the sellers and the buyers worked hard to see the deal through, having formed a strong relationship from the offset.

“David, Jenny and their wonderful teams’ achievements over the years really are exceptional and I am certain the nurseries will continue to thrive under the new ownership. I wish them all the best with their future ventures.”