The two new branches in the Leisure World family, Ebor and Tyneside are stocked and fully operational, just in time for the four-day easter break.
Catterick Caravans’ two new branches in Yorkshire and Tyne & Wear, which first opened for business in January both have good selections of new vehicles on display.
[tl:gallery size=460×345]New Leisure World branding is visible from the main road
We visited the Ebor branch, on the busy A64 near York in late March. It was great to see the formerly forlorn, but well-known site looking smart and clean, with new green and black Leisure World signage throughout. Around 100 new vehicles were on show already, with more due to arrive by Easter weekend. Buccaneer, Coachman, Elddis, Lunar, Sprite, Sterling and Swift are Ebor’s caravan franchises. If you fancy sniffing around the motorhomes, you’ll find new models from Auto-Trail, Elddis, Roller Team and Swift.
[tl:gallery size=460×345]The staff at Ebor are experienced and have worked in the industry before
There are not many used ‘vans yet but, as Sales Director Matthew Kinsell explains that is not necessarily a bad thing for buyers. “In some ways, it means we are in a good position to take trade-ins against new vehicle sales at Ebor”
Parts of the main building are still being refurbished, but the big accessory shop was plump with new stock and the five-bay workshop was operational. There is a team of 12 people employed on site, and that is expected grow to about 15 shorlty.
Sales Manager of the Ebor site, Paul Ryan, has plenty of industry experience, previously being general manager at Lowdhams Huddersfield branch. He enthused about the new business.
“There’s been caravan retailing on this site for years and it’s so well known. It’s got great potential and the Kinsell family are really enthusiastic, so I couldn’t resist the challenge of helping to grow the business.”
Speaking to the team, it seems the Tyneside branch is at a similar stage of redevelopment. It has the same caravan franchises with the exception of Coachman, and exclusively stocks Elddis motorcaravans at present.
Well-stocked accessory store is packed and ready for business