End of an era for family car dealer

Moorland Motors which has been sold to dealers Arnold Clark.

Moorland Motors which has been sold to dealers Arnold Clark.

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IT is the end of an era for a family run car dealership after the business was sold to a national chain.

Moorland Motors, based at Lytham St Annes Way, Marton, has been sold to dealers Arnold Clark.

The company is one of the most well respected in the auto trade across the Fylde coast and opened its Blackpool premises in 1984, shortly after the merger of Vauxhall and Opel in the UK.

It was originally run by founder Bill Swire, until ownership passed on to his son Peter, who sadly died at the age of 54 in 2009.

In 1995 the firm launched a new facility at the Poulton site on Garstang Road, which incorporated Vauxhall’s new Masterfit franchise, full aftersales service facilities and a manufacturer approved accident repair centre.

The company presently owns the Vauxhall, Suzuki and Chevrolet franchises for the Blackpool area.

Moorland Motors managing director Tony Boyd says the family run ethos of the company will still remain even after the merger.

He added: “We would like to thank all the Moorland staff for all their hard work and loyalty over the years, it hasn’t gone unnoticed.

“A combined 350 years of service will transfer to Arnold Clark.

“Bill Swire opened the business over 20 years ago, and we are delighted we have managed to retain this expertise to provide the best customer experience for our Blackpool and Fylde customer.

“This will be an exciting new chapter for the team, we look forward to see you soon.”

Arnold Clark was initially founded in Glasgow in the 1960s and gradually opened a number of branches across Scotland before expanding across the border into England.

The company’s name can now be found in places including Liverpool, Stafford, Carlisle, Penrith and Workington.

It also holds a number of franchises across Lancashire, including in Preston, Leyland, Wigan, St Helens and Warrington.

Arnold Clark managing director Eddie Hawthorne said: “I can confirm Arnold Clark has acquired Blackpool Vauxhall from Moorland Motors.

“We look forward to working with both staff and customers to continue to develop this well run local family business.

“As a family-run business, Arnold Clark shares the same ethos as the Swire family and will continue forward to offer genuine value for money and generating high levels of customer satisfaction.”

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