Pendragon is delighted to announce the opening of its brand-new state-of-the-art Coventry distribution centre, designed to de-fleet vehicles returning from lease.

The site will prepare all vehicles for onward movement to Evans Halshaw outlets across the UK. In addition, the distribution centre also has a used car retail outlet with vehicle display for over 400 cars and extensive vehicle refurbishment workshop capacity.

This facility forms part of Pendragon PLC's strategy to build a national chain of used car outlets. Coventry was one of 40 key markets where the group had no used car sales presence and this development will fill the area.

The distribution centre is expected to become fully operational in the final quarter of the year and will handle over 25,000 vehicle de-fleets in its first full year of operation.

The on-site used car retailer, Car Store Coventry, will stock a wide range of makes and models, all available with aftercare plans and backed by the Evans Halshaw Price Guarantee.

Since opening, the Coventry site has created 66 jobs for people in the local area, from entry level roles through to leadership.

The launch of the new centre has also created several new job opportunities for Vehicle Technicians, offering the opportunity to work within a brand-new workshop with state-of-the-art facilities, on a wide variety of vehicles.

The team is now recruiting to fill the final few vacancies, which include roles within Technicians, Accountancy, Sales and Administration.

"This is a huge forward step for our used car strategy and we are excited to get the Coventry distribution centre fully operational. The versatility of the site is exciting, as we can prepare thousands of cars before they are sold on in our Evans Halshaw Car Store centres.  As announced in our 27 April 2017 IMS, we have made a strong start to 2017, and the distribution centre will ensure we build on the progress already made. Our interim results for the first half of 2017 are due to be released on 1 August 2017."

- Trevor Finn, Chief Executive Officer at Pendragon PLC