Hendy Group new car dealerships on road to success

A multi-million-pound car dealership development in Hampshire is on the road to success after being completed by leading construction contractor MCS Group.

The West Midlands-based company was appointed by Hendy Group to deliver its £9 million new Honda, Kia and Mazda dealerships at Leigh Road, Eastleigh.

MCS Group led the £6.3 million construction contract for the new dealerships on the one-hectare site of the town’s former magistrates court. Hendy Group’s current site in Leigh Road will be re-furbished to improve its support for Ford cars and commercial vehicles in the area.

Developed through a joint initiative with Eastleigh Borough Council, the dealerships have created jobs for 18 new service advisors, vehicle technicians and sales executives.
The state-of-the-art new showrooms have space for 27 new cars, 120 used cars and feature a 20-bay workshop. Features include solar panels on the roof and electric charge points to meet demand from drivers switching to hybrid and electric cars.

Alan Shadbolt, group commercial director at Warwickshire-based MCS Group, said: “We have completed more than 300 car dealerships across the UK but this was the first time we had worked alongside Hendy Group.

“It was a pleasure dealing with John Hendy and his team and we are delighted that we have delivered three very high quality car dealerships which not only look amazing, but will also provide a great experience for customers. We wish the Hendy Group great success in Eastleigh.”

Hendy Group director of systems and resources John Hendy said: “We’re delighted with our three new state-of-the-art dealerships which provide superb customer facilities but are also providing valuable employment in the area. This investment in new facilities for our franchised partners is a key part of our overall plans.”

The 124,000 sq ft site has a ground floor main building area, including workshop and dealerships, of 33,000 sq ft. Facilities include new car showrooms for each brand and parts storage areas on the ground floor.

There are office and maintenance facilities on the first floor. A newly built used cars sales facility is adjacent to the showrooms, while to the rear there is a service yard with an external car wash and valet bay, and a block paved external surface at the front of the building.

Hendy Group currently has 12 franchises in 25 locations and employs more than 1,000 people in Hampshire, Sussex, Surrey, Kent and Devon. MCS Group has built and refurbished more than 300 car dealerships including Audi, BMW, McLaren and Jaguar Land Rover since its inception in 2003.