Mechanic means business as he and his wife buy the Forres garage he served his time in

A building which has lain empty for several years is being given a new lease of life as a potential business centre, after being bought by a local couple.

The former Pedigreed Cars site at Bogton Place closed down several years ago and went on the market. Complications delayed the sale, but it has now been bought by Liam and Eileen Wood of Glenburgie Cars.

And although the couple have no plans to move their motor business into the ready-made garage, showroom and forecourt, it’s not Liam’s first encounter with the building.

He worked at the Citroen dealer for eight years, serving his time as an apprentice mechanic 25 years ago. He went on to start Glenburgie Cars, which has now been running from its countryside location for 22 years.

Liam said: “I know when I started out, I struggled to find a town centre location, and eventually set my business up in the country.”

Splitting into smaller units

Buying the building means he can now offer local people good opportunities to get premises, and that could means dividing it up to make a ‘business centre’ he said. The couple have been working on refurbishing the showrooms and offices and have already had enquiries.

“We’ll wait to see what people want, but we’ll probably split it up into smaller units. There’s the showroom which could make make up to three smaller units, there’s offices upstairs, workshops and yards at the back, so there’s something for all business types.”

“It’ll bring a bit of vibrancy to this part of town.”

The couple have also bought the Nicolson Building in the sale which will eventually be refurbished to its former glory.

Liam added: “We’re taking it one step at a time. We’ve got the garage building ready to let, and we’ll look at refurbishing the other building at a later date. It’s all part of the plan.”

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