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‘To let’ signs appear at established car dealership


‘To let’ signs have appeared at Thompson First on London Road, Bowbridge in Stroud today.

The business was established in 1972 by Dick Thompson and Paul Lacey as Lacey and Thompson and dealt in TVR and Saab cars before switching to Citroen in the 1980s.

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In 2000 Lacey and Thompson became Thompson First, run by Dick’s son Cameron. Latterly it was run by Cameron’s son, Scott, who came into the business in 2012. In 2019 the business brought the MG brand back to Stroud, having been purchased from MG Rover in 2005 by the Nanjing Automobile Group in China.

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The site is being marketed by commercial property estate agent Andrew Watton from Hawkins Watton in Stroud.

Stroud Times was contacted by a customer who said: “I was shocked to drop my car off for a service and they told me the business was closing. It’s such a shame that another business is closing in Stroud.

“They told me to use the MG garage in Gloucester in future.”

The news comes three months after nearby Ford dealership Bristol Street Motors on London Road shut up shop.

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