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Whitehouse on track to downsize, says Reynolds

Whitehouse Group is on track to sell all its remaining businesses bar the three ChryslerJeep dealerships, by the end of February, according to deputy chairman Peter Reynolds.

Reynolds remains in charge of the business as part of a three-man team with senior manager Craig Bensted and director Lee Fulford.

He says the ChryslerJeep sites in Bexley Heath, Maidstone and Tonbridge will remain with the Whitehouse family: Linda, wife of the late Brian Whitehouse, and daughters Louise and Emma.

Lifestyle Europe has acquired the Renault outlet in Tunbridge Wells, while the Renault aftersales site at Aylesford near Maidstone will be sold this month. Reynolds is in discussions to sell the VW CV dealership at Tunbridge and he hopes to conclude a deal with Caterpillar to sell the Rover parts business at Crayford.

“That will leave two Renault dealerships, at Orpington and Dartford,” Reynolds says. “We hope to complete both in February.”

Whitehouse last year sold four BMW/Mini sites to Stephen James. Whitehouse finance director Mike Smith joined Stephen James shortly afterwards. Chief executive Pat Conway resigned last year.

  • Reynolds is in overall control of Whitehouse. Craig Bensted is not in day-to-day control as reported in AM (December 15, 2006). Reynolds will leave once the sites have been sold.

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