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CarShop given green light for Nottingham used car supermarket

Jonathan Dunkley, chief executive of CarShop

CarShop has been granted planning permission to allow it to further expand Sytner Group's used car supermarket division with the opening of a new facility in Nottingham.

The AM100’s number one retail group submitted plans to transform a 10-acre former Homebase DIY store site, off Queen’s Road, last year in a bid to add to its growing used car division.

Now planning officials at Nottingham City Council have approved the plans, paving the way for the creation of 200 jobs at the facility which will display around 700 used vehicles.

Plans for the new facility include the creation of a new workshop – in nearby Lenton Lane – to run alongside the planned retail site.

Jonathan Dunkley, chief executive of CarShop (pictured), said that the business was “delighted to have commenced our plans to move into the East Midlands”, adding: “We have an ambitious five-year plan to allow us to better cater for customers’ car-buying needs right across the UK.

"Not only does this include the physical expansion of our store network, it involves significant investment into our digital proposition, ensuring we can deliver for our customers regardless as to whether they shop online, in-store or on the go.”

CarShop was acquired by Sytner’s US owner Penske Automotive Group in January 2017.

A year later it acquired The Car People to create an established a car supermarket division with almost £500m annual turnover.

CarShop currently has stores in Cardiff, Doncaster, Northampton, Norwich and Swindon.

The Car People has retail sites in Sheffield, Stockport, Wakefield and Warrington.

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