After standing empty since 2011, the 5.8-acre site in Mannaberg Way was purchased for an undisclosed sum as part of a £2m expansion investment, which is anticipated to create up to 40 new positions across all areas of the business.
Recognised as East Yorkshire’s largest car supermarket, Motor Depot has had a Scunthorpe presence since 2008 and the new site is set to expand the business by housing a total of 1,500 vehicles.
Steve Butterley, managing director at Motor Depot, said: ‘We already have a loyal following in the region but it has always been a strategic aim to expand our reach in the wider Lincolnshire area because, quite simply, we can offer deals that local dealerships cannot match.’
As well as housing a new Motor Depot showroom with on-site servicing facilities, the site will also become home to the new Trade Centre Scunthorpe, which will specialise in selling main dealer quality part-exchanges from £1,500 and above.
‘We have big plans for Trade Centre Scunthorpe. Through our success in Hull this year, we know that there is huge demand for the one-stop solution, which Trade Centre Scunthorpe will provide.
‘There is nowhere else in the area offering such an array of choice on main dealer quality part exchanges, so we are anticipating a big response,’ Butterley said.
Motor Depot already operates East Yorkshire’s only recognised Chevrolet franchise from its site in Hessle, but Butterley has also revealed that the acquisition has opened new opportunities for main dealer franchising from the Scunthorpe site.
Butterley added: ‘We are already fielding calls from manufacturers in regards to possible future franchising. We have been thrilled with how our association with Chevrolet has worked in Hessle and we certainly wouldn’t be averse to doing something similar at Scunthorpe.’