Lookers Plc. will close a further 12 of their 160+ car dealerships and make up to 1,500 redundancies as part of a restructure plan targeting annual savings of £50 million. Lookers owns the Charles Hurst business in Northern Ireland but the impact on it, if any, is not yet known.
Chief executive Mark Raban, said: “We have taken the decision to restructure the size of the group’s dealership estate to position the business for a sustainable future, which regrettably means redundancy consultation with a number of our colleagues.”
One hundred and forty four new cars were sold in Northern Ireland in May, according to figures compiled by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Despite car show rooms remaining closed in May as a result of the corona virus, last month was up on the previous month (April), when just 24 new cars were sold.
The Charles Hurst Group
Charles Hurst Group is Northern Ireland’s leading Motor Group, a business which normally employs over 700 people. The Group’s headquarters are located in Belfast on a 20 acre site; the largest automotive park in Europe. Other dealership sites are in Newtownards, Newtownabbey, Lisburn, Portadown and Dundonald.
The Specialist Car Division, located on the Boucher Road, provides the kind of cars everyone dreams of owning. Apart from classic marques like Bentley, Jaguar, Range Rover and Lexus the company has franchises for Ferrari, Maserati and Aston Martin with factory trained technicians for each marque. The Group also has franchise agreements with some of the most popular volume marques including Vauxhall, Citroen, DS Automobiles, Peugeot, Toyota, Renault, Kia, Hyundai, Nissan, Land Rover, Jeep and Dacia. It also has dealerships for BMW, Honda and Yamaha motorbikes.
The Charles Hurst Group also owns and operates the Audi Centre at Sandyford in Dublin. It also operates a Used Direct centre on the Naas Road.
In addition, the Charles Hurst Group operates five Fast Fit centres in Belfast (2 branches plus mobile units), Coleraine, Omagh and Portadown. Services include tyre and battery replacement plus wheel alignment.
It also has Carsmetic NI, which offers smart repair, quick fix for alloy wheel repair, dents and paint damage in Belfast. And At Carsmetic Wrap we offer a wide variety of wrapping services, from commercial vehicles to motorcycles, external or internal.