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Camden's Car Shop operation to expand into East Anglia

Car Shop, the used car supermarket operation of AM100 group Camden Ventures, is to expand next year by opening in East Anglia.

Once opened in June next year, Car Shop Norwich will be its most easterly operation in the chain, which already has car supermarkets in Cardiff, Northampton, Swindon and, since 2009, in Doncaster.

It gained planning permission this week to turn a disused factory on the city’s Whiffler Road industrial estate into a £6m car showroom, which will include a vehicle preparation workshop and valeting area.

Local councillors heard it will create more than 100 jobs, including vehicle technicians, customer consultants, business specialists, managers and SMART repairers.

Jonathan Dunkley, Car Shop operations director, said the company planned to pump £6m into transforming the disused factory into a state-of-the-art showroom.

He said: “This is an extremely exciting time for both us and the local population of Norwich.”

A string of conditions was attached to the planning approval. Car Shop will have to take into account the possibility that, in the years since the factory closed, reptiles may have made their home on the site, and provide reptile refuges, plus allow officers at Norfolk County Council’s Historic Environment Services a watching brief during construction work.

Camden launched the Car Shop brand in 1989, while the group was owned by Barclays Bank.

Earlier this year Car Shop bought the assets of failed online car retailer Autoquake.

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