Following the closure of Alderley Motor Co. earlier this month, alderleyedge.com can now reveal that the company is going into partnership with Highams.
Peter Wright, Manager of Alderley Motor Company will be joining forces with Mark Higham who runs Highams' car sales and servicing centre - and from the first week in June he will be operating from the Wilmslow Road premises.
Peter worked at the Trafford Road business for 34 years which shut down this month, along with the JN Bauer car showroom, to enable the owner Russell Homes to demolish the properties and replace them with family houses.
Many loyal customers expressed their great sadness and disappointment that the popular service centre had closed so they will delighted to learn that the business will continue at a new location in the village.
Cllr Melanie Connor said "I am so pleased that two well respected and important businesses in the village are joining together to provide a very valuable service.
"Once it was realised that the long fight for the development on Trafford Road was lost, I was very concerned, as a councillor and a resident, that we would lose a great service. The number of people who contacted me showed me that the loss of Alderley Motors garage service was going to be felt by many.
"I'm sure we all wish Mark Higham and Peter Wright great success. Local businesses building for the future."
Speaking about the new partnership, Peter said "Alderley Edge needs this, as a lot of our customers are elderly(ish) and for them it was the end of the world. We did a lot more than repair cars, we were part of Alderley Edge, it was an institution. I don't think that can ever be recreated but we will do our best."
Service Director Mark Higham has worked at the family business for the past 25 years but we understand there has been service centre at the site since Tower Garage was established in 1919.
Mark commented "As we have such a large workshop combined with plenty of car parking, from the days when were a Ford Main Agent, it made perfect sense to form a partnership with Alderley Motor Co.
"I know that many of Peter's customers were saddened to hear of the closure of his garage, but our new joint venture keeps the local community well served, and I look forward to working with Peter."
Peter Wright has retained the Alderley Motor Company database and will shortly be contacting those customers whose vehicles are due an MOT in June. He has also kept the Alderley Motor Company phone number on retention so from June they can be reached on 01625 585328. In the meantime Highams can be contacted on 01625 582223.