Mercedes-Benz is hoping Stockport could soon become home to a regional sales and distribution hub for the luxury brand, creating hundreds of jobs and opportunities for local people.
International retail automotive group, Lei Shing Hong, is submitting plans to Stockport Council to regenerate a derelict and problematic site on Brighton Road, off Didsbury Road, into a flagship dealership with showroom, workshops and servicing facilities.
Once complete, this multi-million-pound investment will deliver more than 100 new employment opportunities as well as training and apprenticeships for local people. Many more jobs will be created in the construction phase.
Lei Shing Hong operates more than 140 Mercedes-Benz dealerships in diversified markets such as China, Australia, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Cambodia and most recently in Germany and the UK. They currently operate nine dealerships in Birmingham and Manchester and have ambitious growth plans. They have chosen the Brighton Road site for its great motorway connections and central location.
The site has been unused for many years and has attracted problems with vandalism, fly tipping and travellers but could now be turned into an attractive, open site surrounded by professionally-landscaped gardens with a new building of high architectural quality to reflect the importance of this gateway position.
An hybrid planning application will be submitted to Stockport Council with the detail of an improved road junction and the associated road network, and local people are being invited to have their say.
A consultation drop-in will be held at St Martin’s Church, Didsbury Road, Stockport, SK4 2JE on Tuesday 28th February from 3pm – 7pm.