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Glyn Hopkin completes work on £1.2m Renault site in Colchester - opens St Albans

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Glyn Hopkin has completed development of a Renault dealership in Colchester and has opened a another site in St Albans.

The development comes just months after Glyn Hopkin joined the franchise with the opening of its inaugural Renault and Dacia dealership in Chelmsford.

Glyn Hopkin has invested £1.2 million into the new Colchester dealership, which is located on Wimpole Road.

The group has completely remodelled the near one-acre site over a six-month period.

The work has resulted in a 12-car showroom, which features the latest Renault Store showroom design with iPad-equipped discovery zones, a standalone seven-bay workshop with dedicated MoT test lane, and an exterior that boasts electric vehicle charging points and enough room to display 50 approved used Renault and Dacia vehicles.

More than 20 jobs have been created through the opening of Glyn Hopkin Renault and Dacia Colchester with new positions in each area of the business.

Prior to the opening of the all-new dealership, Glyn Hopkin represented Renault and Dacia in Colchester from a temporary facility, which it opened earlier in the year.

The group followed this with its third Renault and Dacia dealership in St Albans, which is currently operating from an interim facility in Lyon Way while Glyn Hopkin considers its options onsite and on other suitable sites in the region for another dealership.

Fraser Cohen, Glyn Hopkin managing director, said: “Our Chelmsford dealership has far exceeded our expectations and targets, so from that respect it made sense to mirror this success with other sites.

“As a group, we always look to represent our brands at a multitude of locations and opening Colchester and St Albans is a natural progression for us, especially as these are areas where Glyn Hopkin already has a significant presence geographically and our expertise is well recognised and established.

“Having Renault and Dacia in our portfolio is a great boost to our growth aspirations as a group and they will play a significant role in helping us to achieve our short term goal of reaching a £500 million turnover, especially as the Renault range is now stronger than ever following last year’s launch of the award-winning Kadjar, the recent arrival of the all-new Mégane and the launch of the eagerly-awaited all-new Scénic and all-new Grand Scénic later in the year.

“Having Dacia is a great asset, as it allows us to target even more customers.

“The brand’s great value means it offers us another option when it comes to serving customers who approach us for a second-hand vehicle on the belief that a new car is out of their reach.

“Renault is an excellent partner for us and all the way through our relationship they have had a focus on getting the job done.

“Coupled with the brand’s expanding model range, especially in the family car segment, the work it has put into developing its franchise has made it a very attractive proposition.

“The Renault Store showroom design has been particularly well received by our customers, offering them something that isn’t normally found when visiting car showrooms and providing a fresh, open and contemporary environment in which it is easy to view the vehicles on display.”

Nick Tame, sales director, Groupe Renault UK, said: “Having first-class dealership partners is essential to achieving our GO5+ strategy goals and with our focus on quality and customer satisfaction being greater than it’s ever been, with Glyn Hopkin we know that customers will receive the very best service.”

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