Monday, August 8, 2016

News: Halfords gearing up for new Rotherham autocentre


Car servicing and repair company, Halfords Autocentre, is planning to take space at a new retail development in Rotherham where building work recently got underway.

Trade World is a £5.5m trade counter and gym development at Parkgate that will create up to 50 jobs. Bakewell based Litton Property Group purchased the Ruscon engineering works on Rotherham Road in 2003. The 3.5 acre site has prominent main road frontage, close to the busy Parkgate Retail Park and planning consent has been secured for a 45,000 sq ft development.

Three of the nine units have been pre-let to National Tyres & Autocare (NTS), Al Murad DIY Ltd and The Gym. One unit is also under offer to Halfords Autocentres.

Plans have now been submitted that show that Halfords Autocentre plans to take 6,000 sq ft of space within phase 2 of development at the site.

Construction of phase 1 is being carried out by Roe Developments (UK) and includes the erection of a single B2 unit and the four B8 trade counter units. It is expected to complete in December with the units open for trading in early 2017.


Amendments to approved plans to suit Halfords include slight changes to the car park layout and two vehicular service doors. The outlet would create six full time equivalent (FTE) jobs.

Halfords Autocentres operates from over 300 sites nationally and offers motorists high-quality MOTs, repairs and car servicing at affordable prices. The company, the leading retailer of motoring, cycling and leisure products, acquired the Nationwide Autocentre business for £73.2m in 2010.

The total car servicing and aftercare market is worth around £9bn with Halfords holding around 1.5% share of a highly fragmented market. Revenue for Autocentres was £75.5m in the first half of 2016, up 4.6% from the same period in the previous year. Like for like sales were up by 3.3%. Halfords estimates opening 10-15 Autocentres a year.

Rotherham currently has one Halfords Autocentre, on Westgate in the town centre.

Halfords website

Images: Halfords Autocentre


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