Tony LeVoi Vauxhall managing director Simon Dayes is hopeful that the demolition of its Romford Vauxhall dealership will set the enterprise onto a path to develop with different Stellantis-owned automotive manufacturers.
Talking to AM after planning officers refused permission for a scheme to demolish the franchised retail facility on London Street, Romford, and change it with three blocks of flats, Dayes mentioned that funds generated from the freehold web site’s redevelopment would drive the enterprise’s development.
Dayes’ plan to consolidate Tony LeVoi’s Vauxhall operation into its web site eight miles away at Lakeside with a purpose to place the enterprise to reap the benefits of sweeping modifications to Stellantis’ seller networks because it strikes to company mannequin automotive retail.
“The entire community technique is a shifting feast,” Dayes advised AM.
“There are alternatives arising with Citroen, Fiat, Jeep and Vauxhall and we want to broaden with Stellantis as these modifications occur.
“On this altering surroundings, the redevelopment of the Romford web site is permitting me to utilise the money slightly than borrowing as we glance to broaden out.”
Stellantis’ transfer to situation two-year termination notices to all its European franchisees in 2021 implies that these contracts will finish in Might 2023.
Final month Lee Titchner community growth director at Stellantis UK spelled out the OEM giant’s strategy of adopting a contiguous market area-style network plan to streamline its franchised seller relationships, with the lack of 138 of its 918 franchised gross sales factors.
Information of the sweeping modifications – coming hand-in-hand with the swap to company mannequin retail – come amid quite a few actions throughout the networks, with JCT600 recently announcing a parting of ways with Stellantis.
Earlier this week, in the meantime, Motorvogue announced that it was set to take on the Peugeot franchise in Bury St Edmunds in Might 2023.
A spokesperson for Desira Group, which at present operates a Peugeot dealership within the city, advised AM that it stays below contract with the French carmaker, nonetheless.
Dayes mentioned that Tony LeVoi Vauxhall had been anticipating to exit its Romford automotive dealership in mid-2023, however is now unsure of the timescale of the change.
London Sq. Developments had its plan to create 72 properties on the positioning was rejected by Havering Council’s planning division on account of its lack of reasonably priced housing.
The Romford Recorder reported that the omission, together with and the absence of a authorized settlement to safe contributions in the direction of carbon discount, employment expertise and coaching and different initiatives, had additionally been referenced within the authority’s choice.
“It does imply slightly doubt in regards to the timescales,” Dayes advised AM, “however I’m assured issues will proceed and the transfer ought to go away us in a extremely sturdy place to develop as a enterprise.”