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Wayside opens £7m BMW and Mini franchise

Wayside Group has completed a £7 million BMW and Mini development at Milton Keynes.

The development, near junction 14 of the M1, features a 16 new car showroom for BMW together with a used car facility displaying more than 100 cars inside and out.

The Mini showroom has space for 10 new models with 38 used on display externally.

There is also a 21-bay workshop and two MoT bays, plus a dedicated tyre bay and area for smart repairs, preparation and valeting.

There is an area where customers can drive straight into an undercover reception area for servicing.

The showroom and workshops extend to a 67,000 square foot area across the four acre site. That’s more than four times the size of the previous facilities at Kingston.

Wayside Group took over the BMW and Mini franchise in October 2008 and investment by the group has seen the business grow to such an extent that the old premises at Kingston were too small at accommodate it.

John Caney, Wayside managing director, said: “This is one of our most ambitious and exciting developments in the city since we started in business here more than 30 years ago.

“This really is a statement to every driver in the area that Wayside is serious about service. We’re part of the city’s motoring landscape and we’re here to stay.”

Employing more than 800 people, Wayside includes Audi, Volkswagen cars and vans, Seat, Skoda, BMW, Mini, Toyota and Hyundai franchises.

The group also has parts, rental and bodyshop businesses under the group banner.

Wayside has continued to expand its group over the past two years. Its latest acquisitions include Seat in Milton Keynes in December 2010 and Keith Garages in November 2010.

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