The John Clark Motor Group
has announced it is to invest £4 million in the creation of two new motor dealerships in Aberdeen, bringing the total of its current investment programme in the city to around £8 million.
The Aberdeen-based group, which now ranks as one of the top 20 motor groups in the UK following the acquisition of four Jaguar and Land Rover businesses in June, has received planning permission for two new purpose-built dealerships at the new Balmoral Business Park in Aberdeen, for John Clark MINI and Specialist Cars Nissan. John Clark (left) Chairman and Managing Director of the John Clark Motor Group with Business Development Director Chris Clark
Commenting on the developments, John Clark, Chairman and Managing Director of the John Clark Motor Group, said:
“These new developments confirm the group’s continuing commitment to Aberdeen, where I established the original John Clark BMW dealership 36 years ago.
“As the largest and most established premium car supplier in Aberdeen the local market is extremely important to us. The new purpose-built MINI and Nissan sites will provide our dealership teams with the facilities they need to develop their businesses and provide the very best levels of customer service.
“These new developments come at a time of considerable expansion in the John Clark Motor Group, following what has been a very successful year. We are extremely pleased to be a part of the Balmoral Park development, Aberdeen’s premier South side business park.
“In June this year, we acquired four Jaguar and Land Rover dealerships in Edinburgh, Perth and Cupar and these are already operating successfully under our Pentland banner.
“We are on track to announce record sales for the September new car registrations which should build on the figures achieved in March.”
The Specialist Cars Nissan and John Clark MINI dealerships will share a prominent 3.5-acre sites at Balmoral business park, with excellent visibility from the A956 main road into Aberdeen from the south.
The new Nissan dealership – designed to be a flagship European dealership for Nissan – will extend to 15,074 square feet. The eight-car showroom, with vehicle hand-over bay, will be fully glazed to provide excellent visibility from the main road.
The new dealership is designed from the outset to cater for electric vehicles, with a specialist service bay and Nissan Leaf recharging points. The opening will also mark the Aberdeen debut of the high-performance Nissan GT-R sports coupe, with a dedicated high-performance vehicle display area in the showroom and specialist servicing bay.
The eight-bay workshop will also have specialist servicing facilities for electric and 4x4 vehicles, plus a separate MOT test facility.
Alongside, the group will build an all new purpose built home for the MINI brand. Finished to the latest MINI corporate standards, the fully-glazed facade of the new John Clark MINI dealership will be highlighted by full-size glassfibre replica MINIs attached to the frontage. The 8,070-square-feet dealership building will have a 12-car showroom, plus a separate enclosed hand-over bay and four workshop bays to cater for the growing MINI family.
Within the landscaped grounds, each dealership will have extensive used car display areas and customer parking. There is also a 2,044-square-foot car valet and SMART repair facility on site.
The new dealerships are scheduled to open for business in April 2014. The opening will create 20 new jobs immediately with further employment expected as the businesses develop.
At the same time, the John Clark Motor Group has just acquired the former Alliance Centre on Aberdeen’s Greenwell Road, which is currently being redeveloped to create a multi-franchise PDI (pre-delivery inspection) centre, valet and SMART repair facility. The new premises will also house the group’s head office operations, which are being relocated there from Abbottswell Road.
The first stage of the current £8 million Aberdeen investment programme was the creation of one of the UK’s largest Skoda and Seat dealerships for Specialist Cars Skoda and Specialist Cars Seat in Craigshaw Drive, Aberdeen. This was followed by a £1 million refurbishment of the flagship John Clark BMW dealership.
Scotland’s second largest motor group, the John Clark Motor Group operates a total of 21 motor trade businesses in the East of Scotland, from its base in Aberdeen through Dundee, Perth and Fife to Edinburgh. Across that network the group employs over 900 people.