John Clark opens Skoda in Dundee 18 | 02 | 2011

    ONE OF Scotland's leading motoring groups, John Clark, has opened its new Specialist Cars Skoda dealership in Dundee. The new business represents an investment of around £250,000 by the group and brings its total investment in premises in Dundee to more than £6 million over the past five years.

    Situated on Myrekirk Road, just off Kingsway West, Dundee’s ring road, the former Peugeot dealership has been refurbished to the latest Skoda corporate standards and incorporates an eight-car showroom, a five-bay workshop catering for cars and commercial vehicles and a 35-vehicle used car display. The expansion has also created 14 new jobs, and the group expects this number to increase as the business develops.

    “I am particularly pleased that this new businesses will build on the long relationship that the John Clark Motor Group has enjoyed with Dundee," John Clark, the group's chairman and managing director, said. "We opened our first dealership in the city, John Clark BMW, in 1986 and currently operate three other motor businesses in the city.

    “We had looked at a number of sites for Specialist Cars Skoda in Dundee. We selected this Myrekirk Road site because it offered more space on which to grow an expanding business.

     “The Skoda brand is developing very strongly and, looking at the plans for the next five years, it is quite obvious this will continue. As a group we have always taken the view that we should invest in premises which provide the space a growing business needs.”

    Clark said the business has a strong track record with Skoda through its Specliast Cars Skoda dealership in Aberdeen.

    The group — which already operates a Skoda dealership in Aberdeen — is projecting an annual turnover of £8 million for the new Dundee dealership, with anticipated sales of 400 new and used vehicles annually.

    The John Clark Motor Group is Scotland’s fourth largest motortrade group and within the top 30 in the UK. It has an annual turnover of £260 million, 637 employees and 16 motor trade business in Aberdeen, Dundee, Fife and Edinburgh.

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    Jim McGill

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