Playmates Nurseries Ltd, a pair of children’s day nurseries in Widnes, have been sold to expanding national operator Storal Learning Ltd, for an undisclosed fee.

Specialist business property adviser Christie &  Co has announced the freehold sale of the sister organisations, situated within a three-mile radius of each other.

With consistently ‘Good’ Ofsted outcomes at both settings and a combined operating capacity for 100 children, previous owners Gill Dillon and Christine Devlin had built up an excellent reputation for providing high-quality childcare and the nurseries are an integral part of the local community.

Christine said: “Thanks to Sofia Beck at Christie & Co for finding the right buyer for our business which has been very close to our hearts for the last 21 years.

“We have every confidence that Storal Learning will build on what we have achieved and that Playmates Nurseries will go from strength to strength with the guidance and experience of people who are as passionate about childcare as we are.

“Everybody who was involved in the sale has made what we saw initially as a daunting process, a straightforward and relatively easy one. Now retirement beckons.”

Ashwin Grover & Varun Chanrai of Storal Learning Ltd said: “Sofia and her team at Christie & Co were highly professional and instrumental in supporting a seamless sale process.

“We are grateful to Sofia for identifying Playmates as a very strong fit for Storal Learning, given the emphasis we place on high quality staff, beautiful settings and a culture where everyone strives to provide the highest quality of childcare.

“We are very excited to build on the strong foundations set by Christine and Gill.”

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