A LUXURY automobile producer has instructed south Cumbrian prospects to purchase on-line or journey as much as 100 miles because it proclaims the closure of a key dealership.
Mercedes-Benz of South Lakes, positioned in Ulverston, will stop gross sales of its automobiles within the lead as much as Christmas.
Firm bosses stated that by the top of the yr each new and used automobile gross sales can have stopped from the dealership however that it could stay open for after-sales and repair prospects solely.
Mercedes-Benz has been approached for remark over the prospect of any workers dropping their jobs.
A councillor known as it a ‘signal of the instances’ that prospects had been instructed to journey to Lancashire or purchase their automobiles on-line.
Shirley-Anne Wilson, councillor for Ulverston East, stated: “That is very disappointing information for Ulverston and I do know many individuals, each prospects and workers, will probably be affected by this.
“Just a few folks I do know drive their automobiles and all the time communicate properly of the setup.
“However I additionally know individuals who purchase automobiles on-line and I suppose it’s an indication of the instances. I might urge and encourage folks to purchase native quite than on-line.”
Whereas councillor Mark Wilson expressed empathy with the powerful selections that companies must make.
He stated: “The storage has been a helpful motor commerce addition to the providers in Ulverston.
“They’ve been good neighbours and useful charity companions.
“Their automobile gross sales mannequin all the time was a nationwide base with automobiles coming in and going out everywhere in addition to a supply for locals to work with.
“Little doubt that these are difficult instances for companies and their enterprise fashions, strategies of working will all the time should be below overview.
“I’m happy that repairs and after gross sales providers are deliberate to be maintained, that ought to allow jobs to be retained at garages which service automobiles for Mercedes.”
On its closure, a spokesman for Mercedes-Benz stated: “Mercedes-Benz of South Lakes will stay open for after-sales and repair prospects within the native space, nonetheless, new and used automobile gross sales will stop from that website on the finish of the yr.
“Clients wishing to buy new or Accepted Used Mercedes-Benz can go to the retailer in Preston or Bolton or view all present UK new and used automobile inventory on our On-line Showroom.”