MERCEDES DEALER DEVELOPS SITE

A brownfield site in Stockport, Manchester is to be tuned into a £60m Mercedes-Benz car dealership following approval from planners.

LSH Auto UK, which operates nine Mercedes-Benz dealerships within the Manchester and Birmingham areas, has received planning permission to build a state of the art new facility off Brighton Road in the town together with a high-tech body and paint repair centre.

The previously derelict 10.5-acre former industrial site will be able to accommodate up to 140 vehicles and will include 32 state of the art workshop bays.

It will showcase 30 brand new Mercedes-Benz models, 10 Mercedes-Benz AMG vehicles and up to 100 approved used vehicles.

The purpose built three-storey facility will also become the bench-mark to support the electric car strategy of LSH Auto in the UK and the ambitious venture will not only breathe new life into a brownfield site in the town but will also bring 165 new jobs to Stockport – the land was previously used as an industrial site and has been derelict for many years, being a blight on the landscape. This new development will also become LSH Auto UK’s hub for the entire Manchester region with some of the functions from its Manchester Central site being relocated here. The site will become a ‘destination centre’ where LSH Auto UK will be aiming to set the direction for the future of the automotive retail customer experience.

Ground will be broken at the site this month with an anticipated completion date of December 2018. Clive Hammond, LSH Auto UK’s managing director, said: “In July last year we acquired the franchise for Mercedes-Benz in the Manchester and Birmingham areas and undertook a thorough review of our business to identify key sites for opportunities for investment to support the sustainability and growth of our business; Stockport was one such site.

“Our existing Stockport operation, in Wellington Road North, is significantly challenged in terms of capacity, limiting our efficiencies and our ability to offer the desired experience to our customers.

“We see great potential in the Stockport area as a strategically important location with its proximity to the airport and excellent transport links which will complement our international business structure.

“Due to this, we have chosen to create our hub for the Manchester area at Stockport and will relocate some existing functions from our Manchester central business here as part of the proposal alongside the current operational services.”

He added: “Our aim is to create a dynamic, sustainable and attractive facility which will provide a landmark ‘destination’ at this prominent site in the town and offer our customers and general public a great opportunity to experience Mercedes-Benz and LSH under one unique roof.”

LSH Auto UK is part of Hong Kong based Lei Shing Hong which is the largest retailer of Mercedes Benz in the world.

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