SOUTH coast automotive group Hendy is to create more than 20 jobs when it opens its Car Store in Dorset next year.
Planning permission for the used car showroom in Ringwood Road, St Leonards, Ferndown, has now been given and building work is due to start in the next few weeks in a move that will transform the site at Compton’s Yard.
The Car Store, which will open in early 2019, will have space for around 200 vehicles. It will also boast a sales suite plus on-site parking.
Hendy chief executive Paul Hendy, pictured, said he was delighted that the company would be back in Dorset.
‘We have a long association with Dorset and have had a number of outlets in the county in the past, so we are thrilled that planning has been granted for this new facility.
‘We will be creating new jobs, transforming a derelict site and providing car buyers in Dorset with the high quality they have come to expect from the Hendy Group.’
The Car Store is part of the company’s overall expansion plans and will replicate a similar operation in Exeter, where its Car Store has proved a huge success.
‘Our award-winning Car Store concept is based on offering the best choice of cars at the most competitive prices without compromising on the customer experience,’ said Hendy.
The group currently has 12 franchises in 25 locations and employs more than 1,000 people in Hampshire, Sussex, Surrey, Kent and Devon.
Last year, Hendy sold more than 38,900 vehicles. It also serviced and repaired more than 235,000 vehicles.
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