£1 million investment heralds arrival of BMW electric car range

The John Clark Motor Group is investing £1 million in the refurbishment of its flagship BMW dealership in Aberdeen and the relocation of the John Clark Mini dealership.

The work at John Clark BMW will create new sales and servicing facilities for the BMW i range of electric cars which will be launched later this year. The extended dealership will include a dedicated section for the pioneering electric i3 city car and i8 sports car.

John Clark and Chris Clark
John Clark (left) with son Chris Clark who is Business Development Director of the group

In total, the new enlarged showroom – designed to the latest BMW corporate standards – will have space for 21 cars, including a new section for M-Series models. There will also be upgraded service reception facilities and a new customer lounge. Outside there will be extended display space for BMW used cars.

To make space for this expansion, John Clark Mini is being moved to dedicated premises. Next year, a brand-new purpose-built Mini complex is planned.

Until the new premises are built, John Clark Mini will be located in the upgraded former Specialist Cars Skoda premises on Aberdeen’s Craigshaw Drive. This temporary base will provide Mini with extended display space and dedicated servicing facilities, including a seven-car showroom.

Between them the BMW and Mini developments will create 15 new jobs immediately with potential for more as business develops.

The John Clark BMW refurbishment and Mini relocation are part of a larger programme of investment in Aberdeen by the John Clark Motor Group. This programme has already seen the recently-opened £1.4 million complex for Specialist Cars Skoda and Seat, one of the largest combined Skoda and Seat dealerships in the UK.

Commenting on the group’s investment programme, John Clark, chairman and managing director of the John Clark Motor Group, said:
“It is more than 36 years since I established John Clark BMW as my first solus franchised motor trade business. Since then we have grown into a group with eight motor businesses in Aberdeen and a total of 20 across the East of Scotland.

“As the largest and most established group operating in the premium car market in the Aberdeen area, the local market is hugely important for us. The BMW and Mini refurbishment represents a further £1.0m investment in our Aberdeen dealerships, with additional substantial investment programmed for the second half of 2013 and 2014.

”Our plans for future investment will provide our dealership teams with the exceptional facilities that they need to grow the business further and deliver on our Group’s reputation for the very best levels of customer service.”

With an annual turnover of £355 million, 780 employees and 20 motor trade business in Aberdeen, Dundee, Fife and Edinburgh, the John Clark Motor Group is Scotland’s fourth largest motortrade group and one of the top 30 in the UK.
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