UPDATE 21/08: And the Doors Are Open!
I've said it before, but I'll say it again: it seems like only yesterday that we first broke the news of Eden Motor Group's first ever dealership built from the group up. As a reminder, here's what the Torbay site looked like back when the announcement was made:
Yup. Basically, a whole lot of nothing.
But fast forward a few months, and some of the hardest-working people we've ever had the privilege of working with have turned this landscape gardener's nightmare into Torbay's ultimate motoring supercentre. Not only are the facilities fully functional and the Eden team happily settled in, but as of Monday 21st August, we're now proudly open to the public.
Here's how we're looking on our first day of trade. Quite a dramatic difference to the construction photos shared further down on this page!
Miserable weather aside, we're sure you'll agree it's all looking quite spectacular and we look forward to welcoming you in person. Dave Goodman and his team are standing by and ready to help with all your Vauxhall servicing and sales needs, so do head on over to the new showroom (located on Orchard Way, just off Edginswell Park) even if it's just to peruse the stunning range of new cars we've got in stock.
In other news, the eagle-eyed among you will have noticed our American-themed Insignia in the image above; as part of our big launch event this coming Saturday (26th August), we're giving away a weekend trip to New York City in partnership with the Breeze FM's Breakfast Show, so be sure to tune in each morning this week for a chance to win the trip of a lifetime!
And the fun doesn't stop there. Handing out the grand prize will be football legend Stuart Pearce MBE, who will be at the dealership all day for the grand launch (and will be happy to sign autographs, chat with visitors and answer questions during our afternoon Q&A event.)
There'll be plenty more fun, games and prizes going on during the day too, so get yourself down to the Grand Torbay Launch Event this Saturday, 26th August!
Update 31/07: Three Weeks to Go...
It's a good job our new dealership now has such essentials as 'walls' and 'a roof', because we're only 3 weeks away from our first official day of trade (21st August). That came around fast - it feels like only yesterday we were looking at an empty patch of land!
But not only are we looking more structurally sound, we've also just about finalised preparation for the big launch event on the 26th - plenty of family fun in the works, but the highlights definitely include football legend Stuart Pearce MBE on ribbon-cutting duties and the chance to win an all-expenses paid weekend to New York!
Stay tuned for further details. In the mean time, here's the view at Orchard Way:
Update 14/06: The Latest from Torbay
A pretty remarkable difference since we last shared photos from the up-and-coming Torbay dealership!
Originally a big patch of dirt, the new home for Vauxhall in Torquay has now been given shape and form - still got a way to go, but we're really kicking things into high gear now:
Update 03/05: Nearly Done!
Well, okay, not really... but it's certainly getting there!
You can almost imagine that new car smell already:
Update 20/04: And We're Off!
Following the announcement that we're proudly opening an Eden Vauxhall dealership in Torquay, we've rolled out the diggers and are hard at work as you read this. This marks the first dealership Eden Motor Group has constructed from the ground up, so to say we're excited is something of an understatement! Here's how we're looking so far:
Turf-Cutting Ceremony for Eden Motor Group Dealership in Torquay
Five excited members of Eden’s team from South Devon carried out a turf-cutting ceremony this week in Torquay to mark the beginning of the construction of a brand new Retail Centre for Eden Motor Group, which is due for completion towards the end of the year.
This purpose built Vauxhall dealership means that our colleagues and customers, who have been working with a less than ideal ageing facility in Preston, will have a new home.
The new Eden Torbay will represent the best of modern automotive retail design – but perhaps as importantly will give customers easy access and ample parking at the spacious development on Orchard Way, Torquay, adjacent to Newton Road and the South Devon Expressway.
Although Eden Motor Group was founded nine years ago by Graeme Potts, with the purchase of 5 Vauxhall dealerships - including the well-established centres at Marsh Barton, Exeter and Heathpark Way, Honiton - this will be the Group’s first all new purpose built retail centre.
This substantial investment reflects the confidence we have in the Vauxhall brand and the Torbay and wider South Devon market area, and our desire to give customers, new and old, an environment befitting the ‘Better World of Motoring’ promise that drives everything we do at Eden.