Taggarts has announced that it will open a new £4m Land Rover dealership in Lanarkshire after an arson attack destroyed the previous facility.
The new dealership is in the same location as the previous building on Windmillhill Street, Motherwell, following a complete re-build of the site.
The development follows a challenging year for the dealership, which suffered an arson attack in 2018 during its stay at a nearby temporary site, resulting in 17 cars being damaged and an estimated loss of approximately £850,000.
The incident left the dealership with a huge number of challenges to overcome, including assuring customers in the area that it was business as usual at the site.
Taggarts Land Rover Lanarkshire’s head of business Andy Johnston said: “Having worked through a challenging year, it is great to be able to move into our fantastic new home.
Despite the obstacles we have overcome last year, the team have always held their spirits high and have enjoyed watching the new building take shape. I think everyone can say that there is a part of them in this building.”
However, the team are more than ready to put the difficulties of last year behind them as they begin to welcome customers through the doors of the new 90,000 sq-ft dealership.
The new building has now been rebranded Taggarts Land Rover Lanarkshire to better represent its customer base and takes its cue from JLR’s Arch design concept. It has space to display nine new cars inside, with plans to develop adjacent land this summer so that the number of cars displayed outside can be doubled from 36 to 72.
Customers will also benefit from 18 front of house parking bays, including electric vehicle charging points, with an additional 60 bays reserved for aftersales customers.
Beyond that, the site has capacity for a further 120 vehicles to be stored on site.
There are also 11 work bays in which to carry out aftercare work, with enough capacity to add a further three as the business grows.
Currently the site employs 54 members of staff, with plans to employ additional sales executives, valeters and showroom hosts.