Lookers has thrown open the doors of its Renault site in Stockport again a year after a fire destroyed the site and following a £3m rebuild.
The blaze broke out in the servicing and parts area last September, as reported by Car Dealer at the time, and the building in St Marys Way was subsequently condemned by insurers.
The Renault and Dacia businesses were transferred to an ex-Mercedes site in Wellington Road North two miles away while the work was carried out.
The dealership now has a new service reception area plus a Renault customisation zone, an extra two ramps in the workshop taking the total to 12, an improved MOT area, a special indoor handover area, plus improved staff facilities.
Now a special four-day event has been held to officially launch the new-look site as open for business, with select sales and service customers and the general public given personalised tours.
David Sowerby, who becomes branch manager in November, said: ‘The fire and relocation have been a challenge for everyone concerned, and I’d like to thank our customers and colleagues for their patience and understanding during this period.
‘However, this difficult situation has given us the opportunity to come back even stronger with a market-leading state-of-the-art facility.
‘We’re incredibly proud of the new dealership and I know the team are excited to welcome customers back through the doors’
Michael Scott, franchise director for Lookers Renault, added: ‘This £3m investment in our Stockport dealership is a hugely welcome development and a really positive sign for the future.
‘Not only does it allow us to increase our servicing capacity and offer a modern, fresh and dynamic experience for customers and staff, but it has given us the opportunity to return even stronger and invest in our future success in Stockport.
‘The team has shown incredible resilience and commitment to excellent customer service, despite being faced with several challenges alongside the temporary relocation.’
This article was originally published on September 15, 2020 and updated on October 7, 2020.