Mercedes-Benz dealer Sparshatt Truck & Van has opened a new dealership in Dartford.
The company has invested £2m on refurbishing and equipping the 48,000 sq ft building, located in Kennet Road, close to the A206, and which is now up and running. According to Sparshatt Truck & Van it had long since outgrown its previous base less than two miles away, on Dartford’s Acorn Industrial Estate.
The new facility incorporates a reception and offices and parts department. Meanwhile, the workshop provides double the capacity for vehicle maintenance and repair operations, compared to the previous branch.
Accessed via six large roller shutter doors, it has 13 truck bays – two of them with pits – and 13 van bays. Crucially, the 1.8-acre site also offers extensive hard-standing providing ample room even for tractor and trailer combinations.
Sparshatt’s previous Dartford service department was open 24 hours a day, six days a week, and given the levels of demand from customers, the new workshop will also be open round-the-clock from the outset. The company operates from headquarters in Sittingbourne, and has other branches in Ashford and Tonbridge.
In a deal that had the enthusiastic backing of the manufacturer, it was acquired by a new ownership team in March 2018. Dealer principal Steve Rooney said: “Our Dartford workshop has been extremely busy for a long time now, and general manager Sean Bravery and his team have worked heroically in very challenging conditions to ensure that we maintain service levels for operators.
“This very significant investment underlines Sparshatt Truck & Van’s long-term commitment to the Mercedes-Benz Trucks brand, and reflects our determination to provide our valued customers with the very highest levels of service. It has been an extremely challenging time for the team involved in this project and we would like to thank our group operations director Gary Wilson and project manager Vicki Ponder for the key roles they have played, as well as the Dartford management team of Sean Bravery, Mark Price and Mark Holland for their support.”