Jobs go as Eastbourne car firm moves on

Caffyns Eastbourne
Caffyns Eastbourne

CAFFYNS is closing its dealership in Eastbourne with 20 job losses.

The firm announced this week it is shutting its under-performing dealership in Upperton Road and moving its businesses to what it is calling ‘larger, better located dealerships’.

The closure will result in the loss of around 20 jobs, although Caffyns is looking to redeploy staff wherever possible.

The building, which will eventually be sold, sells Nissan and Chevrolet vehicles and also offers servicing and repairs.

Caffyns says it is finalising plans to offer Nissan and Chevrolet servicing and repairs at one of its other local sites.

At the end of last year, Caffyns announced the closure of its vehicle repair facility in Hailsham, with the loss of 23 jobs.

Simon Caffyn, chief executive of Caffyns PLC, said, “While we deeply regret the loss of any jobs, we feel now is the right time to move away from less efficient parts of the business and continue to invest in modern, efficient, well-designed and easily accessible dealerships.

“This investment process is already well under way in Lewes and Eastbourne and more developments will be announced shortly.”

Mr Caffyn said the company has embarked on a major investment programme to continue to establish bigger and better dealerships across the south-east and focus on its core businesses, while moving away from less efficient parts of the business.

The company’s development plans have already begun with the recent opening of a new state-of-the-art Land Rover service facility in Lewes and more used car sales space at Caffyns Volkswagen in Eastbourne.

Mr Caffyn said several other projects will follow throughout 2011.