BMW dealership’s plans for Preston docklands site

PLANS: The site for the proposed expansion and (below) Paul Bowker
PLANS: The site for the proposed expansion and (below) Paul Bowker
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Lancashire motor group Bowker has revealed more expansion plans with the confirmed purchase of land adjacent to its docklands BMW and MINI centres in Preston.

The Preston docklands gateway location is over 9,000 square feet and currently occupied by event management company Glasgows.

Paul Bowker

Paul Bowker

One of its previous roles was a customs office.

The site will become the home of the recently-acquired BMW Motorrad operation currently trading as Southport Superbikes.

And this latest six-figure investment will establish Bowker as the biggest motor dealer in the Preston area.

Bowker Motor Group chief executive Paul Bowker said: “Combining the two sites was an irresistible opportunity. Thousands of people pass the entrance to Preston Docks every day.

“We are planning to build a new motorcycle dealership that will be worthy of such a prestigious location.

“Bowker Motor Group has gone through an exciting period of expansion over the last two years. And this latest deal continues our ongoing commitment to the Lancashire motoring sector.”

In October 2012, Bowker Motor Group opened its first non-franchise Bowker dealership in Osbaldeston near Blackburn on the A59 with an investment of more than £750,000.

Also last year, Bowker unveiled a new £600,000 extension to the MINI showroom on the same site. The extension increased the showroom capacity from three to eight cars creating three new jobs.

In August 2013 Bowker
announced a new two-phased development of its Preston centre

The first phase of the refurbished BMW showroom was completed in November.

In March this year Bowker opened Lancashire’s first Maserati dealership in Osbaldeston.

In June, Bowker BMW opened its new expanded and refurbished centre in Preston after an investment of over £1.5million delivered additional showroom capacity to accommodate 16 more cars

In August, Bowker Motor Group acquired Southport Superbikes marking an exciting new chapter for the 34-year old Merseyside BMW Motorcycle dealership .