The A1 buying group has added Hinckley Motor Spares, Auto Bitz (Worle) Ltd and The Motorcraft Centre (Northern Ireland), to its motor factor membership.
The new appointments brings A1’s total to 174 members and 250 stores nationally, with further plans to increase numbers thanks to a 3,000 sq ft. extension on its distribution centre, opening in March.
Simon Salloway, Head of Operations at A1 Motor Stores, said. “The initial purpose for extending the existing 13,000 sq ft. warehouse, was to allow members to choose a single pick item across their basket spend of products; so if they only need one friction line, along with all their oil, they can purchase this at A1, instead of going through a supplier to put a minimal carriage order together”. He added: “We are now extending our original offering by putting a core range of items in the warehouse including friction and filtration products as well as paint lines and ancillary oils”.
Building work will commence in February, where the firm will start collaborating with its supply customers to move wares into the new space after completion.
Commenting on the new membership, Peter Lippett, Director of Auto Bitz said: “We’ve known about A1 Motor Stores for a while now. We sort of used them in their warehouse before, so we decided to sign-up”. He added: “The benefits of joining will allow us to receive rebates from companies affiliated with them, however, A1 is currently finalising the terms of our contract with them”.
The group also confirmed it will be exhibiting at this year’s Automechanika Birmingham show.