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Academy Group to develop dealership on former Ribble Valley site

Greater Manchester-based Academy Group has acquired former Ribble Valley Motors' dealership site and is set to open a used car sales, service and accident repair centre.

Ribble Valley used to have a Bentley new car sales franchise at the Harwoord Road site in Rishton, but this was terminated in November last year by Bentley.

It had since started to focus on nearly-new and used Bentleys but it is currently unclear as to what the reasons are behind the closure of the business.

Property developer Hurstwood was leasing the site to Ribble Valley and is now leasing it to Academy Group.

The new site will begin trading on March 1, creating 10 new jobs.

Jason Mawdsley, Academy Group managing director, said: “We have been looking to expand our operation for some time and we are delighted to have secured the location in Rishton.

“It gives us a first class showroom facility, which we don’t presently have and the site boasts a service department, as well as bodyshop that are both equipped to a high standard.”

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