Bowker BMW, in Preston, has revealed plans to expand its dealership.
The proposed two-phase development (architect's visual below) will cost £750,000 and initially see the building refurbished in time for the launch of it’s i Agent dealership - Lancashire’s first BMW electric car dealership - in November.
The second phase would see the capacity of the dealership increase to accommodate a further 16 cars and 34 in total, creating up to five new jobs in the process.
Managing director Tom Fox said: "Our 'i Agent' launch is a massive opportunity for the dealership. We have a wonderful location. But we still have space to develop and enhance the retail experience for all our customers.
“With new models, and the launch in particular, we’ll be showcasing some of the most technologically-advanced production cars on the planet. So we need to ensure we have a facility here to match the cars on show.”
Bowker Preston will be one of only 46 sales agents that will supply and support BMW i, BMW’s new sub-brand featuring electric drive systems and premium mobility services.
In January, Bowker unveiled a new £600,000 extension to the Mini showroom on the same site. The extension increased the showroom capacity from three to eight cars and created three new jobs.
In October 2012, Bowker Motor Group opened its first non-franchise Bowker dealership in Osbaldeston near Blackburn on the A59 with an investment of over £750,000. The new dealership on the site formerly occupied by Bay Horse Saab is called ‘Bowker Ribble Valley’ and created 10 new jobs.
And later this year Bowker will open Lancashire’s first Maserati dealership on its Osbaldeston site.
Family-owned Bowker Motor Group operates eight automotive dealerships across Lancashire; Bowker BMW and Mini dealerships in Preston and Blackburn; Preston Car Centre; Blackburn Car Centre; Preston Harley-Davidson and the new Bowker Ribble Valley Dealership in Osbaldeston.