Batchelors Motor Group has completed the acquisition of Kineholme of Otley’s Renault and Dacia dealerships to expand its footprint into West Yorkshire.
The York-based Suzuki and former Mitsubishi Motors in the UK franchisee, whose managing director was interviewed for an AM profile feature by AM back in 2019, has effectively trebled its franchise count with the addition of the multi-brand site on Bradford Road, Otley.
Denton said the move suggested there were “exciting times” ahead for the group, adding: ‘’Kineholme is an established family-owned business that fits perfectly within our TLC not PLC ethos.
“I am excited to expand into West Yorkshire and continue to serve our loyal customers in Otley, and new customers too.
“For our existing Batchelors customers, Renault and Dacia offer class leading electric and hybrid cars which complement our existing Suzuki range perfectly.’’
Batchelors was established by David Batchelor in 1987 and acquired by Tony Denton in 2013.
Since then, the business has expanded, opening York Suzuki in 2019 and, 2021, adding a paint and cosmetic repair centre.
In his profile interview with AM, Denton revealed how the expansion of the group had taken an innovative route, with dealerships opened in a former Indian restaurant and a protein shake warehouse in a bid to make its investments more manageable.
Kineholme has served Otley, Ilkley and surrounding areas since 1956. General manager Liz Kennedy said: “After nearly 40 years of ownership, the time has now come to pass on our much-loved business, staff and loyal customers into the capable and energetic hands of the Denton family.
“Much has changed in the motor trade over the years and I’m very excited for Kineholme to benefit from the scale and resources of being part of a successful and dynamic, but most importantly, family dealer group. I wish Tony Denton and the team every success in the future.”