Europe’s largest used car showroom opens for the first time today – and it is located in Coventry.
At 9am, the huge £13m Trade Centre UK outlet opens its doors, with more than 1,000 cars located at the site just off the A444.
It comes following the transformation of the former Leekes store which closed last year.
The furniture store has been transformed to house some 400 vehicles, with several hundred more located just outside.
It is Trade Centre UK’s fifth showroom to open, and only the second outside of Wales, where the company originated from.
Last year, they opened their first branch in England in Wednesbury, and the success of this paved the way for the Coventry showroom just months later.
The two Trade Centre UK sites join the three Trade Centre Wales outlets, located in Neath, Merthyr Tydfil and Cardiff North.
When the announcement came in March, it was confirmed that over 140 jobs were to be created at the Coventry location, which came along with a pledge to engage in community projects in the city.
What the bosses say
Following the announcement, Trade Centre UK Chairman Mark Bailey said: “We are proud and excited to be launching the latest Trade Centre UK outlet in Coventry.
“Thousands of Midlands car shoppers each month already choose The Trade Centre UK to provide their new car and we are looking forward to providing the same great value as we open in Coventry in May 2018.
“We are very impressed with the local candidates recruited so far and look forward to welcoming more to the Trade Centre UK team.”
Andy Coulthurst, CEO of The Trade Centre UK, said: “Our continued success has allowed us to take the leap and along with expansion plans, we’re committed to maintaining the same level of service and value our customers expect across the group.
“The rapid growth we’ve experienced in such a short space of time is down to the hard work and commitment of the team and we’re thrilled to open Europe’s largest ever used car showroom.”
The showroom is located near to Junction 3 of the M6 , and following the closure of Leekes, the fate of the site was shrouded in mystery for a number of months.