A TOWN centre car dealership is getting a half a million pound makeover.

Honda is planning to make its Folds Road showroom one of the most modern in the UK with this major refurbishment.

The site, formerly Gordon’s Honda, was acquired in 2015 by Swansway Motor Group, a family business owned by Boltonian Michael Smyth.

Company director, David Smyth, said: “I’m Bolton born and bred, so it had real personal meaning when acquired the dealership.

“We’ve been working hard on lots of areas, starting with re-branding used car sales, now under our Motor Match umbrella.

“We now have around 40 Motor Match used cars on display and this has led to a trebling in the number of used cars we sell.

“Now we’re looking at the environment for our customers and are completely refurbishing the showroom area.

“Half a million pounds is a lot of money to invest, but we believe that customers will appreciate the new, more relaxed environment and the investment really shows how committed we are to staying in the town.”

The refurbishment began two weeks ago and is due to be completed by Christmas.

This investment is the latest in a series of car showroom developments on the outskirts of Bolton town centre.

RRG Group is building a new Skoda showroom at the former Clarence Street school site, t the junction of Topp Way and St Peter’s Way.

Last month, Bristol Street Motors opened its redeveloped Ford dealership in Higher Bridge Street following a six-month renovation costing £3 million.

Parent company Vertu Motors is also building a new Jaguar-Land Rover adjacent to the Ford dealer, as part of an overall £12 million investment in Bolton.

The scheme will create a three-storey building for the Farnell Jaguar-Land Rover team. who will relocate from Farnworth.

At the other side of the town centre, Audi is building a showroom on the site of the old Bolton Community College in Manchester Road.