Chorley Motor Group, a £75 million turnover business with five Nissan dealerships and one Fiat outlet in Lancashire, will soon open a seventh retail site in Burnley.
Andrew Turner, managing director, said: “I cannot give any details until completion, but it will mark the latest move in our planned further expansion in north-west England.”
The group has Nissan and Fiat outlets in Blackpool, and Nissan at Parbold (near Southport), Preston, Chorley and Wigan.
The group invested £100,000 in a Nissan dealership in Blackpool after acquiring it from the receiver following the Caledonia Motor Group’s collapse.
“We changed the senior management, but kept the rest of the former team, and have increased sales by 300%,” said Turner.
“I would like to get rid of some big-engined trade-in SUVs, and will take a hit on them. But those are one-off losses, and we’re confident of doing well with smaller Nissans and Fiats that are now in demand.”
Chorley Motor Group has bought 150 Micras and 100 Notes from Nissan – some are ’07 plates – and there are no forced registrations, he said.
Turner saw an opportunity in exporting to UK armed forces personnel and ex-patriots abroad, and regularly sells car in Germany.
Chorley Motor Group operates a Bugle Inn Motor Company used car site at Parbold.
Turner started his business in 1989 from the 19th century Bugle Inn at Euxton, south of Preston, which he converted into his home.
He started with a used car site on the same plot of land but has since sold it.