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Vauxhall car dealership to expand in Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire Vauxhall dealer MM Bellinger & Sons has acquired land to build a new showroom and service centre.

MM Bellinger & Sons sells new Vauxhall cars and all makes of used cars from two sites in Abingdon and Wantage, but has bought 0.75 acres of land at Milton Gate just off the A34 to build a new Vauxhall dealership offering state of the art servicing facilities.

Its purchase comes weeks after Ridgeway Group also acquired property at Milton Gate.

MM Bellinger & Sons is currently run by the fourth generation of Bellingers, with Mike Bellinger’s son in law Oliver Dimbylow having taken over after Mike’s death in 2011 and Mike’s son Joe in the role of sales manager.

It currently employs 63 sales and technical staff across its two existing sites, and plans to add up to a further 10 jobs when it opens in Didcot in late 2015.

It will end a decade long search by director Brian Cripps for a site in Didcot to complete the Abingdon and Wantage triangle for MM Bellinger & Sons' customers. 

Dimbylow, retail operator, MM Bellinger & Sons explained:  “My late father-in-law and Brian spent 13 years searching for the right Didcot site to complete the triangle.

"Today is a momentous day for us as Milton Gate is a perfect place for Bellinger’s expansion as a great roadside location and perfect for our expansion into Didcot; just as my father-in-law had imagined.  Being right next door to Milton Park, we can serve the wider community of Didcot, the surrounding villages and further afield, and people on the Park.

“We have submitted plans through The Milton Park Local Development Order which has simplified the planning process so that we can start to build as soon as possible with planned opening to take place in late 2015.”

Philip Campbell, head of leasing and development at MEPC, the developer behind Milton Park, said:  “Bellinger is the third business to choose Milton Gate, following the recently announced Ridgeway Volkswagen showroom and Costa drive through café, and we are delighted to welcome them."

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