Drive Vauxhall calls time on its Haverhill showroom
Anyone looking to buy a new car in Haverhill will now have to go further afield to do so after the sudden closure of the Drive Vauxhall dealership.
Drive Vauxhall was the only new car dealership in town and had traded from the premises on the corner of Duddery Hill and Hollands Road for over a decade and in 2013 also opened a bodyshop. It also carried out MoTs, servicing and other repairs on site.
Prior to it taking over the site there had been a car dealer at the location for at least a quarter of a century.
Keith Brown Autos was based there for a number of years until Arriva bought his Vauxhall dealership in 1999.
A letter sent to the business’s clients last week, and signed jointly by group managing directors Rob Keenan and Stuart Harrison, said: “Following on from an extensive business review, we have taken the decision to close our operation on Duddery Hill in Haverhill with immediate effect and will therefore not re-open following the relaxation of Covid-19 lockdown regulations.
“It remains our primary objective to ensure that you continue to receive an uninterrupted exemplary service, from our remaining operation in Bury St Edmunds, where we will continue to offer you the very best in sales, service and MoT, parts supply and body repair.”
John Mayhew, chairman of ONE Haverhill Partnership and Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Haverhill & District, said: “Any business closure in the current climate is, of course, not welcome. But we appreciate and understand that difficult decisions sometimes need to be made.
“Both ONE Haverhill Partnership and Suffolk Chamber of Commerce in Haverhill & District are here to support and work with businesses in Haverhill as they look for ways to adapt, survive and then thrive during this crisis and beyond.
“We can help with signposting to various organisations and national and regional advice as well as helping to promote all the good work going on in our business community, many of whom are leading the way through innovation and changing their business model to improve survival chances.”
More about this story will appear in the Echo on Thursday, May 28.
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