RMB Automotive Group has agreed the purchase of a four-acre site in Darlington.
The North of England group, which is a multi-franchise business incorporating a Toyota and Renault Centre in Darlington, is now investing £4.5m in the state-of-the-art development on Yarm Road, which will create 35 jobs.
The new site (pictured below in an artist’s impression) will incorporate a state-of-the-art multi brand centre, with a new all Business centre which will replace the temporary facility on McMullen Road.
RMB Managing Director Robert Bennett said: “Since being awarded the Renault and Dacia franchises for Darlington and Northallerton we have been working on ideas for a re development on McMullen Road, but towards the end of last year we realised that a move to Yarm Road was going to be the best prospect for the business due to the ongoing growth in our current business, but also the fantastic prospects for our Renault and Dacia franchise.
“As part of the new development we will also be incorporating a new Renault Sport Centre which will be one of only 28 in the UK specialising in Renault Sport cars. There will also be a Business user Centre which will cater for all business users needs in the Darlington and Tees Valley region.”
The Business team will be spearheaded by recently joined Paul Noon, Group Fleet Manager, who is currently based from the Teesside Business Centre within RMB Toyota Teesside site.
Plans which will soon be submitted to Darlington planning for consideration will include the building of two dealerships and a dedicated display area for vans.
The new site is just half a mile from the existing dealership on McMullen road which will continue to be operated as a dealership though it is not known with what franchise at this stage.
The new development will result in the creation of a further 15 jobs once all existing employees have re located from McMullen Road. It is also anticipated that a further 20 jobs will be created at McMullen Road.
Pictured (above) is the RMB management team (left-to-right): John Wade, Darren Small, Richard Gordon and Paul Noon.