Staff at a South West business moved into temporary accommodation this week, as work began on a £650,000 investment boost to the local economy.
Traffic was brought to a halt on The Avenue, Newton Abbot, as a giant crane lifted the temporary building into place at the Volkswagen dealership.
Newton Abbot Volkswagen, part of the Murray Group which also has a Volkswagen site in Plymouth, is undergoing a major facelift to provide a state of the art digital showroom.
The dealership is keen to assure customers that it is ‘business as usual’ while the programme of works is underway.
Staff took to social media to keep followers up to date with events through a series of tweets from the company’s @MurrayVW twitter account.
‘The crane has arrived’, ‘Road block!’, ‘Almost done’ and ‘Our new home – business as usual at Murray’ were accompanied by pictures of the portable accommodation being lifted into place.
Kevin Murray, brand manager at Newton Abbot and Managing Director of family run motors business the Murray Group said: “This is a significant investment by us, with the Volkswagen brand going from strength to strength.
“It shows a real commitment to the Newton Abbot business community, as well as being a significant investment in the local economy.”
During the refurbishment the showroom will be overhauled to bring it in line with the Volkswagen Retail Concept, resulting in new customer-focused amenities. The digital showroom will enable customers to configure their dream car on in-store iPads featuring a dedicated Volkswagen app.
The work is expected to take around three months and on completion will feature an extension to the car showroom for 12 cars.
Kevin added: “I would like to assure customers that there will be no interruption to service during our refurbishment and that it is business as usual from us all.
“I am, however, totally confident that it will all be worth it. The high level of investment shows our commitment to establishing Newton Abbot Volkswagen as a key employer in the area, and to delivering the level of customer service that is expected from such a prestigious brand.”
Murray Volkswagen offers new and approved used cars for sale as well as a comprehensive aftercare service. To find out more visit www.murray-group.co.uk/volkswagen or call Newton Abbot Volkswagen on 01626 202 205.