FIX AUTO MID DEVON OWNERS ANNOUNCE THEIR INVESTMENT IN A SECOND SOUTH WEST REPAIR CENTRE
Fix Auto Mid Devon owner Louise Woolacott along with daughters Erika and Alena have announced plans to open a second site in the South West.
Work is well underway to transform a former coach depot into a 6,000sq ft state-of-the-art repair centre to mirror their award-winning site in Crediton. The new site will be known as Fix Auto Newton Abbot and is scheduled to be operational by the end of April.
In order to maximise the workspace, there will be 18 work bays inside the workshop as well as a spraybooth and a specialised ADAS booth positioned outside in specially designed pods. Access to the pods will gained from inside as the shape of the building lends itself to a fluid and efficient workflow. The new site will also be ready to accommodate electric vehicle charging and repairs.
It is the second major investment the family have made in recent years. In 2013, they completed a year-long £450,000 refurbishment that totally transformed two outdated separate units totalling 15,000 sq ft into one single 8,500sq ft centre complete with two bespoke designed spraybooths and offices.
Louise said: “We have been seriously looking at creating a second site for the past five years, but we could not find the right building in the correct location until now.
“Newton Abbot is perfect for our needs and we knew the moment we saw it, it had huge potential. It is centrally located close to a main road network and while the building is a modest 6,000 sq ft, as it was a former coach depot it sits within a huge car park which not only provides a lot of car parking but also enables us to use space to create our external pods to really maximise all of the available space.”
Louise added: “To say we are excited and thrilled to be doing this is an understatement. I am blessed with a committed and passionate team led by our manager Dominic Lamb who has been instrumental behind this project. It is down to their efforts Fix Auto Mid Devon is working like a well-oiled machine so, for some time now, we have felt developing a secondary site is the natural next step for the business and for the network.”
Fix Auto UK Managing Director Ian Pugh said: “It’s incredible that during these testing times we have yet another franchise partner investing heavily and expanding their portfolio. I know from my many conversations with Louise that this was going to be the obvious next step for their business and one they have been ready to make for a long time. It is hugely exciting and I am looking forward to seeing Fix Auto Newton Abbot strengthen the network in the South West once the site is complete.”
Notes to Editors:
- Fix Auto UK is part of a global franchised network of more than 777 bodyshops.
- Fix Auto UK carries out more than 150,000 body repairs per year for leading motor insurance companies, fleets, and retail customers.
- Fix Auto UK, Lyndale House, Harcourt Way, Meridian Business Park, Leicester, LE19 1WL. Tel: 0116 3265401.
- Fix Auto Mid Devon, Marsh Road, Lords Meadow Industrial Estate, Crediton, EX17 1EU. Tel: 01363 772066.
For further information please contact Mark Richards on 07774 861596.