Car dealer Cartime to take over Aldi store in Rochdale
An Aldi store in Rochdale is to be transformed into a car showroom.
The site on Edinburgh Way has been bought independent used car dealer Cartime.
Bosses at the dealership plan a £500,000 refurbishment to transform it into sales centre for 220 used cars, ranging from BMW and Range Rover marques to more specialist makes and models.
The deal will see the creation of 25 new jobs.
The move marks a £1.6m investment by the Cartime, making the 1.6 acre site its second sales operation, alongside its current dealership on Bell Lane in Bury.
The expansion significantly increases the dealer’s reach and showroom space, taking its total number of vehicles stocked across its two sites to 1,000 cars.
The supermarket is closing in mid-September.
Established in 2012 by managing director Matt Kay, Cartime has experienced rapid year-on-year growth with 2018 annual turnover exceeding £34 million.
Alongside the Rochdale expansion, the business has already invested in state-of-the-art technology, including a new 360 degree photo-booth turntable, key tracking system, date-driven stock control system and news sales management system.
Kay, said: “This expansion marks a major step forward in our growth plans, providing a new dedicated space for customers to experience our market-leading approach to the luxury used car market.
“Rochdale is a fantastic site for the business and reaffirms our commitment to investing in the North West to create new jobs and opportunities.
“The new showroom will really set us apart from traditional used car showrooms. It is located next to other franchise dealers, has capacity for more than 200 vehicles, great transport links and is located just 15 miles from our state-of-the-art preparation centre.
“We have experienced considerable growth in the past six years which is testament to ongoing investment and a drive to set ourselves apart in the used car space. We know that our model is the future of the industry and this is an important next step in realising this vision.”