Lancashire-based Bowker Motor Group has confirmed plans to open its first non-franchise dealership beside the busy A59 at Osbaldeston – the site formerly occupied by Bay Horse Saab.
The family-owned business is investing more than £750,000 in the new dealership, to be called Bowker Ribble Valley. It will open in September, creating 10 new jobs.
The dealership will specialise in prestige and sports cars, with a full after-sales facility offering servicing, including MOTs and tyres, to all makes and models of cars.
Bowker Ribble Valley becomes the ninth member of Bowker Motor Group, which already includes MINI and BMW dealerships in Blackburn and Preston, Preston Car Centre, Blackburn Car Centre, Bowker Lease and the Harley-Davidson motorcycle dealership in Preston.
The addition of the new dealership will see Bowker Motor Group increase in size to more than 200 staff,, with a combined capacity to buy, sell, hire and service more than 20,000 cars and motorcycles every year.
Bowker Motor Group chief executive Paul Bowker commented: “Bowker Ribble Valley is an exciting addition to the Bowker Motor Group.
“In recent years our BMW and MINI dealerships have enjoyed an increase in service customers who drive other makes of cars.
“When the site in Osbaldeston became available it presented the perfect opportunity to extend our dealership experience across to all makes and models of cars.
“It’s a great location on the A59 and customers can look forward to the same level of award-winning service and value enjoyed by customers at our BMW and MINI dealerships.”
Bowker Ribble Valley will be launched by managing director Chris Eccles, who will manage the site in conjunction with his role at Bowker BMW and MINI in Blackburn.
Earlier this month Chris beat off stiff competition from thousands of car dealerships throughout the rest of the country to be crowned National Dealer Principal 2012 at this year’s annual Motor Trader Awards.