Two car dealerships announce expansion with new sites

Ridgeway’s new Oxford Audi dealership at Oxford Business Park

Ridgeway’s new Oxford Audi dealership at Oxford Business Park

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TWO major motor dealers in the county are expanding with new purpose-built sites.

Ridgeway has opened up an Audi dealership at the Oxford Business Park in Cowley, while MM Bellinger & Sons has acquired land on the edge of Milton Park with the aim of opening a new site late next year.

The Audi garage, which was developed for an undisclosed sum, has taken the form of a two-storey ‘terminal-style’ building.

It will house new, used and fleet vehicles along with a service and parts department, shop, customer lounge and complimentary use of an iPad. It replaces Ridgeway’s old site in Kidlington.

Ridgeway chief executive John O’Hanlon said: “Oxford Business Park offers us tremendous potential – it is already becoming a flagship business location close to the city centre but with rapid access routes like the M40, A40 and A34.”

Meanwhile, the Bellinger dealership will be located at Milton Gate on land bought from MEPC, owner of Milton Park, near Didcot.

The company currently trades from sites in Abingdon and Wantage. It employs 63 staff with a further 10 set to be added with the opening of the new site late next year.

Retail operator Oliver Dimbylow said: “Being right next door to Milton Park, we can serve the wider community of Didcot, the surrounding villages and further afield.”

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3:17pm Thu 24 Jul 14

The New Private Eye says...

Great news for us normal people that love to get around in comfort, but how will Madison, Floey, and GC feel about those lovely, shiny, brand spanking new killing machines popping up all over our county?
Great news for us normal people that love to get around in comfort, but how will Madison, Floey, and GC feel about those lovely, shiny, brand spanking new killing machines popping up all over our county? The New Private Eye
  • Score: 2

4:33pm Thu 24 Jul 14

grandconjuration says...

I own two of these machines you speak of, and after a lovely session last night of washing, polishing and waxing they are now very shiny.

I look forward to visiting the new Audi showroom. Something tells me that you're not one of their clientele.
I own two of these machines you speak of, and after a lovely session last night of washing, polishing and waxing they are now very shiny. I look forward to visiting the new Audi showroom. Something tells me that you're not one of their clientele. grandconjuration
  • Score: 5

5:00pm Thu 24 Jul 14

The New Private Eye says...

grandconjuration wrote:
I own two of these machines you speak of, and after a lovely session last night of washing, polishing and waxing they are now very shiny.

I look forward to visiting the new Audi showroom. Something tells me that you're not one of their clientele.
No Mate, strictly 4x4 for me, English, and most definately not a Chelsea Tractor.
[quote][p][bold]grandconjuration[/bold] wrote: I own two of these machines you speak of, and after a lovely session last night of washing, polishing and waxing they are now very shiny. I look forward to visiting the new Audi showroom. Something tells me that you're not one of their clientele.[/p][/quote]No Mate, strictly 4x4 for me, English, and most definately not a Chelsea Tractor. The New Private Eye
  • Score: 0

6:09pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Myron Blatz says...

About time Audi moved to a more accessible location than Kidlington - which was fine for people who lived Woodstock and other poncey areas, but not for urban and suburban Oxford - not to mention all those who own Audimobiles on Blackbird Leys and Barton. The new location should see cars flying off its forecourt - so hope the remember to chain 'em up each night!
About time Audi moved to a more accessible location than Kidlington - which was fine for people who lived Woodstock and other poncey areas, but not for urban and suburban Oxford - not to mention all those who own Audimobiles on Blackbird Leys and Barton. The new location should see cars flying off its forecourt - so hope the remember to chain 'em up each night! Myron Blatz
  • Score: 2

6:47pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
About time Audi moved to a more accessible location than Kidlington - which was fine for people who lived Woodstock and other poncey areas, but not for urban and suburban Oxford - not to mention all those who own Audimobiles on Blackbird Leys and Barton. The new location should see cars flying off its forecourt - so hope the remember to chain 'em up each night!
It's on the business park...

You won't so much as step foot in there at night before the park security staff will be following you.
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: About time Audi moved to a more accessible location than Kidlington - which was fine for people who lived Woodstock and other poncey areas, but not for urban and suburban Oxford - not to mention all those who own Audimobiles on Blackbird Leys and Barton. The new location should see cars flying off its forecourt - so hope the remember to chain 'em up each night![/p][/quote]It's on the business park... You won't so much as step foot in there at night before the park security staff will be following you. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 1

11:01am Fri 25 Jul 14

Floflo says...

The New Private Eye wrote:
Great news for us normal people that love to get around in comfort, but how will Madison, Floey, and GC feel about those lovely, shiny, brand spanking new killing machines popping up all over our county?
You may well have an irrational dislike of bicycles, cycling and and generally getting around without being in your own box. However your presumption that people who enjoy the freedom of cycling, also hate cars is far from the mark.

For me it's about the right tools for the job. For instance when there are safe routes for your kids to cycle to school you may find that this arrangement is preferable to them being dependant on you and your 4x4.
[quote][p][bold]The New Private Eye[/bold] wrote: Great news for us normal people that love to get around in comfort, but how will Madison, Floey, and GC feel about those lovely, shiny, brand spanking new killing machines popping up all over our county?[/p][/quote]You may well have an irrational dislike of bicycles, cycling and and generally getting around without being in your own box. However your presumption that people who enjoy the freedom of cycling, also hate cars is far from the mark. For me it's about the right tools for the job. For instance when there are safe routes for your kids to cycle to school you may find that this arrangement is preferable to them being dependant on you and your 4x4. Floflo
  • Score: 0

12:08pm Fri 25 Jul 14

King Joke says...

People will continue drive, or continue to choose not to, whether or not there is a new dealership being built.

Surely if you want to buy an Audi you'll buy one anyway whether there is one dealership in your town, or three.
People will continue drive, or continue to choose not to, whether or not there is a new dealership being built. Surely if you want to buy an Audi you'll buy one anyway whether there is one dealership in your town, or three. King Joke
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1:30pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

King Joke wrote:
People will continue drive, or continue to choose not to, whether or not there is a new dealership being built.

Surely if you want to buy an Audi you'll buy one anyway whether there is one dealership in your town, or three.
If you are weighing up the choices between a couple of cars to buy, the location of the dealership can make a massive difference.

When I had my A4, from East Oxford, it was easier to drive to Reading, drop the car off at 8am at Kiln Lane and get a lift back to Reading Station for a fast train to Oxford than it was to drive to Kidlington in the peak.
[quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: People will continue drive, or continue to choose not to, whether or not there is a new dealership being built. Surely if you want to buy an Audi you'll buy one anyway whether there is one dealership in your town, or three.[/p][/quote]If you are weighing up the choices between a couple of cars to buy, the location of the dealership can make a massive difference. When I had my A4, from East Oxford, it was easier to drive to Reading, drop the car off at 8am at Kiln Lane and get a lift back to Reading Station for a fast train to Oxford than it was to drive to Kidlington in the peak. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 0

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