Midlands Truck & Van to open £7m Mercedes-Benz dealership in October
Midlands Truck & Van is to open a new Mercedes-Benz and FUSO dealership in Birmingham, in October. Based on the Cornwall Road Industrial Estate in Smethwick, the 7 acre, GBP7m facility has been under development since late 2019 and comprises a new look in-line with the manufacturer’s recent car showrooms. It will include a 1,580sq m drive-through workshop with MoT and ADR testing facilities and rollers for tachograph installation and calibration.
There will also be 11 24m truck bays and eight van bays for maintenance and repair work. The parts department will be 65sq m – 25% larger than that of the group’s current site in Saltley – to accommodate more stock. The dealer intends to recruit additional technicians and parts specialists ahead of its opening and double its number of monthly labour hours, in part by potentially establishing a seven-day working week for the service department.
The outgoing site currently operates from 6am on Mondays until 1pm on Saturdays. “This fantastic facility is going to have a phenomenal impact on our business,” said Midlands MD Steve Hunt, “it took a long time to find the right location for this project and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank colleagues who’ve continued to deliver exemplary levels of customer service, despite having to work in conditions that were less than ideal. “I can guarantee their patience will be rewarded come October, as our new dealership will be right up there with the very best in the industry.
Customers have also welcomed the substantial investment we’re making because it underscores this company’s commitment and determination to keep their businesses moving.”