Family-run car dealership gets huge makeover as dealer with 95-year history swoops in to takeover

A FAMILY-run car dealership is getting a huge makeover after it was taken over by a dealer with a 95-year history.

Holden Group has snapped up Cecil & Larter, a used Volvo dealership in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Cecil & Larter first opened in 1927


Cecil & Larter first opened in 1927

All of Cecil & Larter’s staff will carry on working at the rebranded Holden Group Bury St Edmunds.

Company boss Tim Holden told Car Dealer: “Our family business is 95 years old, dating back to 1928 when my grandfather was first employed as an apprentice.

“Cecil & Larter is another local family business with a long history, having opened in 1927.

“With an emphasis on family values and delivering quality service, the business is an excellent fit for us.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming our new colleagues to the team and continuing to provide local customers with the same high-quality sales, servicing and aftercare that they currently enjoy.”

Holden Group now runs three Volvo dealerships across East Anglia, employing 220 people.

The Bury St Edmunds branch will also continue to offer authorised Seat and Cupra repairs.

Bosses also plan to move Holden Group’s Hylton Gott Volvo dealership into a sprawling multi-million pound showroom in King’s Lynn.

Holden Group’s Martyn Webb said: “We will be investing a significant amount in a new facility for our Hylton Gott business in Kings Lynn.

“The 1.2 acre site will incorporate the Volvo Retail Experience corporate identity throughout.

“It will feature a welcoming customer showroom, hospitality area, dedicated handover bay and modern state-of-the-art workshop where customers can view their car being serviced.”

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