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Vertu adds Vauxhall in Northampton

Vertu Motors has acquired a Vauxhall dealership in Northampton from W Grose for £2 million.

The dealer group said the estimated consideration paid for the site predominantly represented the vehicle and parts inventory.

The current dealership premises have been acquired on a short term lease from W Grose Limited. The business will be relocated to a new dealership which will be built on freehold land acquired in Northampton. The total investment in this new dealership will be £4.5 million and it is estimated that these new premises will open late in 2012.

The turnover of the Vauxhall business in the year to December 31, 2010 was £20 million.

The latest acquisition brings Vertu’s total Vauxhall representation in the UK to 11. The business will complement the group’s existing Northampton Peugeot operation which Vertu said will provide the opportunity for “operational synergies”.

Robert Forrester, Vertu chief executive, said: “We are delighted to expand our operations in Northampton. This is our 11th Vauxhall dealership and reflects the growing scale of our Vauxhall operations.”

Vertu now operates 83 outlets comprising 80 franchised and three non-franchised sales outlets.

Richard Sanders Group also acquired a site from W Grose in Northampton last week which it will open as a Citroen dealership next month. The site Richard Sanders has acquired had been a satellite operation to W Grose's larger Vauxhall dealership which is now owned by Vertu.

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