Around 40 years after starting out as a village garage in Rudgwick, Tony Thorpe, and his son James have proudly open the doors this weekend to their new dealership Station Garage in Broadbridge Heath, Horsham.
The world’s biggest ice cream truck made an appearance at the grand opening today (Saturday October 5).
The family-run firm has been trading in the Surrey/West Sussex area since 1973, becoming a ŠKODA dealership in 1986.
As the business grew they moved in 2004 from Rudgwick to Ewhurst, near Cranleigh where they have been for the last nine years.
The new site will double the size of their operation with a modern showroom that will comfortably accommodate the entire seven-car ŠKODA range and feature showcase models.
The forecourt will increase the number of approved used cars to over 80 and the servicing bays will increase to eight allowing for swift, efficient servicing.
Station Garage will become one of the largest ŠKODA dealerships in the UK.
Although the business is expanding the Thorpes are keen to ensure that the family feel of the firm is maintained.
Tony Thorpe commented: “We have a very loyal client base, some of whom have been with us since I started the dealership 28 years ago. It is important to us to keep in touch with our loyal customers as well as to meet new ones.
“I want to reassure all our customers that even though we will be operating from a smart new showroom at a new site, we will still be the same family business focused on excellent service and friendly, expert advice.”