From Aldi supermarket to car supermarket – the transformation begins!

Time 10:35 am, November 27, 2018

WORK is under way on a £500,000 refurbishment project in Rochdale to transform a former Aldi supermarket site into one of the north-west of England’s most cutting-edge used car dealerships.

Independent used car business Cartime announced in July that it had exchanged contracts on the Edinburgh Way premises in a £1.6 million deal, which will create 25 jobs for the area, and the refit has now started. It hopes to open the doors to the public in January 2019.

The new 1.6-acre dealership will boast a sales centre featuring a state-of-the-art vehicle display for when customers arrive to collect their vehicle. The display will allow them to view their new purchase in detail before driving away. The centre will also feature zoned customer areas and an in-house coffee shop-style experience. Electronic screens showcasing the company’s latest offers and vehicles will also be installed throughout.

Pictured from left are Matt Kay, Fibrem Demolition managing director Neil Garner, Abode Architecture managing director Peter Purcell, Abode Architecture architectural technologist Aaron Heaton and Noble Projects co-owner Ben Curtis

More than 200 vehicles will be held on the site, with more available online and via its two Bury sales centres.

Managing director Matt Kay said: ‘We have always strived to do things differently to other used car dealers and this new showroom will set us even further apart from the competition.

‘Investing in technology and the latest innovations to offer the very best customer experience is at the heart of what we do, and this new site gives us the opportunity to drive this model forward even further.

‘It is an extensive site and will house more than 200 high-quality, prestige used cars – most of which will be handpicked by myself. We look forward to opening the doors to the new showroom in January and welcoming customers inside.’

Cartime is working with Abode Architecture and Nobel Projects on the scheme.

Pictured at top is an artist’s impression of what the new dealership will look like

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