CarShop follows Trade Center UK with retail conversion of Showcase Cinema cars


Sytner CarShop is preparing to follow in the footsteps of Trade Center UK tires by developing a new used car supermarket on the site of a former Showcase cinema.

the Franchised retail group leads the AM100Derby’s used car supermarket division set to demolish the old Derby cinema and a nearby Pizza Hut restaurant following its recent opening of a flagship facility in nearby Nottingham with another new location on Foresters Park.

Like the Walsall Showcase Cinema site acquired by Trade Center UK last month, Derby Cinema was closed in September last year due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sytner submitted its planning application to Derby City Council via ATA Design Ltd.

The proposed sprawling site seems a far cry from the smaller footprint adopted by the first of CarShop’s new CarShop Express stores, which opened in Leicester in April.

A design and access statement submitted by ATA stated that the site’s existing cinema buildings are to be demolished because “the existing cinema and Pizza Hut buildings were designed and constructed in such a way that they cannot be remodeled to meet the needs of a car dealership and meet the expectations of its brand ”.

The app said CarShop’s plans could create 60 jobs.

The new Derby Automotive Supermarket will be distributed over adjacent sites and will include a large vehicle display area and after-sales service, a covered sales area, a service reception and associated customer offices and facilities, should the fire occur. green is given.

In February, Sytner owner Penske Automotive revealed the CarShop brand was set to go global as it sought to rename its CarSense operation in the United States and expand its used car supermarket footprint. from 17 to 40 locations by 2023.

The US-based car retail company has revealed its plan for CarShop – the Northampton-based business acquired in 2017 shortly before Wakefield-based auto supermarket group The Car People – as she was taking her “next step in online sales”.

Penske said it would follow the December opening of its latest CarShop location, in Nottingham, with an expansion of its used vehicle “SuperCenters” in the UK and US.

Speaking at the time, Roger S. Penske, Chairman of the Board and Managing Director of the US company, said: “We expanded our business to 17 locations after opening Nottingham in the UK. in December.

“This new supercentre is expected to retail around 6,000 units and earn between $ 4 million and $ 5 million (£ 2.6 million and £ 3.62 million) EBT per year.

“During the fourth quarter, our supercentres sold nearly 12,000 units, down 23% as the volume was impacted by COVID.

“Despite the decline, variable gross increased 19% as we improved vehicle sourcing using our internal online auctions and Buy Your Car Now purchases. “


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