Guthrie Brothers is set to end 70 years in the car retail trade when its Montrose Ford dealership closes its doors for the final time to make way for a drive-through coffee shop.
The franchised site on Esk Road informed its customers via a letter an online message posted this week that it expects to continue to service vehicles until early May but does not anticipate being able to supply new car orders for delivery after the start of June ahead of a July 1 official handover of the facility.
Plans for the site follow the sale of the car retail business and neighbouring fuel filling station, by owners George and Derek Mitchell, to Blackburn-based petrol forecourt operator EG Group, according to a report in The Courier newspaper.
A statement issued by Guthrie Bros said: “The directors of Guthrie Bros, George and Derek Mitchell can confirm they have accepted an offer from EG Group for the purchase of their filling station and land on North Esk Road, Montrose.
“EG Group are to retain the fuel side of the business, developing it further along with bringing new retail brands to the site creating a modern, wider retail experience and greater employment.
“There will be a significant investment from EG Group in this site.
“As the petrol filling station and convenience store will be sold as a going concern those employed full time in this side of the business will move across to EG Group on July 1.
“Motor dealerships are not part of their portfolio and, although all possibilities were explored, this means Guthrie Bros Ford will unfortunately close at a similar timeframe which has been a tough decision for the directors.”
The directors added: “Staff and customers are at the forefront of our minds and we look to do everything possible to assist everyone going forward.”
EG Group has yet to submit its planning application for the Guthrie Brothers site, but told the Courier that it expects to submit documentation in the next couple of months.
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