Less than two years after opening their doors for business, the owners of Fix Auto Wrexham have revealed plans to relocate into a brand new bodyshop that is double the size of their existing repair centre.
Managing Director Lee Hitch has seized the opportunity to take over a 10,000 sq ft vacant building situated on a main trunk road close to his existing site in the heart of the Wrexham Industrial Estate.
By his own admission, Hitch says the Wrexham operation - which was opened in May 2015 as a sister site to his family’s well-established Fix Auto Oswestry bodyshop - has become a “victim of its own success” by outgrowing its initial site.
He explained: “When we opened in Wrexham, our goal was to repair up to 25 vehicles a week. In truth, thanks to the team and processes in place, we are consistently outperforming that target and we have long believed that if we had the facilities, we could double our output.
“In effect, the site has become a victim of its own success and the only thing that’s holding us back is the restrictive space available.”
Work will soon start to transform a former furniture manufacturing site into the new Fix Auto Wrexham repair centre. A traditional, static, spraybooth will be erected while Fix Auto Wrexham’s STL six-bay moveable booth will also be transferred to the site.
Hitch continued: “The new site is just perfect for our needs, and will certainly future-proof the business. The layout will enable us to operate a free-flowing production process that will increase our productivity.
“Our current bottleneck is caused by a lack of car parking and storage, and this will be instantly eradicated. What’s more, this new site offers further land for expansion should we want to develop the site even further.”