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Johnson Cars launches three new dealerships

Company's expansion includes largest Volkswagen dealership in Europe at its hub in Shirley

Midland dealer Johnson Cars has launched three dealerships, including the largest Volkswagen showroom in Europe, at a new multimillion-pound site in Shirley.

The Midlands-based group has invested £10 million into creating showrooms for Mazda, Volvo and the flagship Volkswagen dealership at its new 4.5-acre base, creating 74 jobs.

The company secured the former Dave and Busters on Stratford Road, which had been vacant for over a decade, for £4 million.

Johnson's operations director Mike Berwick said the plans had taken a long time to come to fruition - planning approval was given in 2011.

He said: "This is a key location for us. Stratford Road is renowned for car dealerships, it's like a mini motor village.

"Someone may come out to look at the new BMW and pop into the Mazda dealership. It's a great location, you're right by the M42, Solihull, and you have the second city right there."

The new dealerships, which also offer a workshop and MoT centre, launched with a summer festival weekend and two-car giveaway.

They are part of a £20 million investment by Johnson.

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