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Cartime unveils showroom and handover centre plans

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The Cartime used car supermarket has unveiled plans to introduce a new showroom and hand-over facility and extend its vehicle capacity to around 700.

Owner Matt Kay unveiled plans to the developments to AM and said: “Things are going really well. Four years ago I came to the site with 50 cars. We now have capacity for around 500 and soon that will grow to 700. It’s a good time for us.”

Cartime has received planning permission from Bury Metropolitan Borough Council for a new showroom facility at its site on Bell Lane and expects the green light for a dedicated hand-over centre in the coming weeks.

Work on the showroom – designed by architects Fletcher Smith – is expected to start in 2017 and will take around 14 months to complete.

If planning permission is granted, work on the £500,000 handover facility could start later this year.

Both facilities will reflect Cartime’s move into the premium end of the car supermarket sector, with customer lounges, reception area and facilities modelled on a luxury airport lounge.

The developments follow the business’ move to relocate its PDI centre off-site.

Kay said: “Having moved into a more premium area of the market we wanted to restructure the site a little and I’m really pleased with the way things are progressing.

Having the PDi centre moved off-site was a really positive step, creating a more relaxed buying environment for people visiting us to browse stock.

“The new showroom and collection centre will move things on a huge step.”

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