The John Clark Motor Group is to open a new Skoda dealership in Dundee, following its acquisition of the premises and equipment of the city’s former Fairweather Motors from the receiver.
The group has been awarded the Skoda franchise, which had been held by Fairweather Motors, and is pressing ahead with plans to open its new Specialist Cars Skoda dealership on the prominent Kingsway East site on September 1. The new dealership will create around 20 jobs, with recruitment starting immediately.
Between the acquisition of the site and its immediate plans to bring the premises up to the latest corporate standards, the John Clark Motor Group will be investing about £500,000 in the new business. This will bring the group’s investment in premises for its Dundee businesses to more than £6 million over the past five years.
Commenting on his group’s plans, John Clark, Chairman and Managing Director of the John Clark Motor Group, said:
“We are delighted to be investing in this new businesses and look forward to bringing Skoda back into Dundee. We have a strong track record with Skoda through our established Specialst Cars Skoda dealership in Aberdeen.
“We aim to build on this expertise to extend our reputation for quality service and customer care with the new Specialist Cars Skoda in Dundee.
“I am particularly pleased that this new businesses will build on the long relationship that the John Clark Motor Group has enjoyed with Dundee. We opened our first dealership in the city, John Clark BMW, in 1986 and currently operate three businesses in the city.”
The group is projecting an annual turnover of £8 million for its new Dundee dealership, with anticipated sales of 400 new and used vehicles annually.
The John Clark Motor Group is Scotland’s fourth largest motortrade group and within the top 30 in the UK, with an annual turnover of £260 million and 637 employees.