Major car brand with nearly 200 branches closes down dealership with customers left devastated | The Sun

A MAJOR car brand in the UK with almost 200 outlets has closed a dealership leaving customers devastated.

Kia’s dealership WLMG, in the centre of High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, has closed its doors for the final time.

Kia has the third largest franchised car dealership with 190 across the country.

A survey carried out by Car Dealer magazine found that Vauxhall came in second with 282 outlets, while Ford was top on with 360 dealers.

A member of staff who worked at the branch said employees had been relocated to other branches.

The WLMG branch shut its doors for the final time on January 31.

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A former customer of the garage, who did not want to be named, said she was “so sad to see it close.”

She told the Bucks Free Press: “It’s the people who work there who keep me returning. They make it always friendly, polite and knowledgeable.”

The woman added: “Such a shame, sad to see them close.”

Kia franchise in High Wycombe has now been awarded to the dealer group CityGate.

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WLMG has other sites in Reading, South Ruislip and Ruislip. 

Earlier this month, motors giant Citroen has announced that it will no longer supply dealership franchise Barretts with its cars.

This means that Barretts showrooms will not contain the French brand's popular models and two of their dedicated Citroen dealers have been forced to close.

The affected stores are Barretts Citroen and DS Automotives in Canterbury, Kent.

It comes after another dealership chain, this time with 58 branches across the UK, closed one of its most popular garages, leaving drivers devastated.

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