The John Clark Motor Group has announced the first details of its new £6 million Pentland Land Rover dealership in the Newbridge area of Edinburgh as it prepares to take over the Land Rover franchise for the whole of Edinburgh and the Lothians at the end of this year.
The new dealership is to be developed on a 3.45-acre site alongside the M9. Work will start at the end of this month (June), with the opening of the new dealership scheduled for January 2012.
Extending to 30,000 square foot, the new Pentland Land Rover premises will provide considerably more space than the existing dealership on Lanark Road in Edinburgh. There will be a 12-vehicle new car showroom and 14-bay workshop along with extensive used car and customer parking on the site.
The move is expected to create 20 new jobs, with further opportunities being created as the business develops. Recruitment to fill the new posts will start shortly.
Commenting on the opening, John Clark, Chairman and Managing Director of the John Clark Motor Group, said:
“This is a very significant development for the John Clark Motor Group and marks our appointment to take over the Land Rover franchise for the whole of Edinburgh and the Lothians.
“The expansion is the latest stage in our commitment to Edinburgh and our investment of £6 million in this new dealership underlines our confidence in the future strength of this market and the Land Rover franchise.
“We opened Pentland Land Rover in 1998 with the franchise for the west of Edinburgh and have seen considerable growth in our business over the past 13 years. .”
Pentland Land Rover will officially take over the extended Land Rover franchise on January 1, 2012. The group then plans to open a satellite Land Rover Authorised Repairer to cover the eastern part of Edinburgh in early 2012.
The John Clark Motor Group is Scotland’s fourth largest motortrade group and within the top 30 in the UK. It has an annual turnover of £ 280 million, 680 employees and 16 motor trade business in Aberdeen, Dundee, Fife and Edinburgh.