A WIGAN car dealership is to double its workforce as part of a million pound expansion following a major road improvement project.
The Chorley Nissan Group, based in Pottery Road, looks set to benefit from Wigan Council’s current Saddle Junction roadworks scheme as it plans to buy land at the back of the site and create a used car supermarket, along with a commercial vehicle outlet, and extend its service showroom and workshop.
And the motor dealership will introduce what could be Wigan’s first electric vehicle centre, complete with charging points.
As a result, despite the economic gloom, it hopes to take on an extra 30 employees, taking the total number of staff to 60.
Bosses are also in talks with car manufacturers to extend its range and expect the site to house up to 500 vehicles.
As business was growing rapidly they had already taken out a lease on additional land directly across from the dealership’s existing site on Pottery Road earlier this year. This short term lease may be extended after the completion of the scheme.
Andrew Turner, managing director, said: “Our goal is to develop a franchise dealership here which will incorporate cars across all makes and models. For now we have taken out a lease on a new area of land as we had simply run out of space at Pottery Road. But we are very keen to further expand our operation in Wigan.
“At a cost of more than £1m, this is probably the biggest investment the group has made on any individual site.
“This is absolutely fantastic for the company and indeed Wigan and its economy.
“The facility is in need of some refurbishment and bringing into the 21st century and now we have the opportunity to do it and expand dramatically.
“These are very exciting times for us and it is quite refreshing that things are happening to take the company forward.”
The group is currently negotiating with Wigan Council to acquire the land at the back of the site and the whole scheme is earmarked for completion by spring 2013.
The Saddle Junction in Newtown is the first phase of the Wigan South Central Gateway as Wigan Council and partners begin easing congestion in the roads. As part of the works, improvements have been made on the ring road at the junction, near to Chorley Nissan Group’s site in Pottery Road.
Coun David Molyneux, deputy leader of Wigan Council and cabinet champion for regeneration, said: “The gateway project is a key element of the masterplan for further regeneration of the area.
“We are pleased to be working in partnership with the Chorley Nissan Group and look forward to supporting it with its plans going forward.”