A FAMILY-run Morpeth garage is marking 50 years of trading in the town by moving to bigger premises.
T Thompson and Sons is relocating from Low Stanners to a former car showroom and workshop in Coopies Lane later this year.
The current garage is within Dransfield Properties’ proposed supermarket site, although the business was already looking to expand.
Managing Director Tony Thompson says the move will enable the company to offer more space and new services to its growing number of customers.
His parents started the business in 1961 and it has been in Low Stanners for the last 40 years.
Three new members of staff will be taken on and around £100,000 is being invested in equipment.
“We have wanted to expand for years so this is a great opportunity for us,” said Mr Thompson.
“The site is nearly double what we have now and I am delighted with the new premises and really looking forward to moving in.
“We know a lot of our customers like popping into town while we are working on their vehicle so we’ve decided to have a courtesy minibus from the new garage to let them come in and do some shopping.”
The company will have a bigger reception area, four new lifts, taking the total to seven, and a new MOT Test Lane.
Dransfield Properties Managing Director Mark Dransfield said: “We are delighted that the company’s new premises will help the business to expand and grow and take on new members of staff.
“We know that moving can be a big upheaval to a business so it is extremely important that it’s a positive step for the companies we are dealing with.”