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Maccess closes ADS branches

Independent car care and accessories distributor Maccess is planning to close four Automotive Distribution Sales (ADS) branches just weeks after announcing its purchase of the car parts and components supplier.

Five sites were acquired as part of the deal: Glasgow, Gateshead, Bradford, Castle Donington and Southampton. Just Donington will survive, and is likely to be rebranded as Maccess, although no decision has been taken.

The other four will be absorbed into neighbouring Maccess outlets, which will be re-racked to hold the additional stock over the next three months to create ‘superstores’.

However, the company, which will now trade from 15 sites, claims that the ADS branding will be kept for the supplier’s range of car parts and components.

The closures will result in a number of redundancies, although Maccess says they will be kept to a minimum.

Maccess managing director Douglas Waddell says: “We will be harnessing the strengths from each of the businesses, such as parts and components from ADS and car care and accessories from Maccess, to provide an improved service to our customers through additional ranges, frequency of delivery and good availability.

“Like all businesses, independent retailers could always do better. The key to future success is in ensuring they offer an attractive range of quality products to rival the multiples,” adds Waddell.

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