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Archers Group

Archers are what I can only describe as the ultimate purveyors of unfashionable cars, prior to and possibly also alongside Proton they ran Lada and Yugo franchises. They also had a branch at Baltic Street Leith which I think was formerly Inchkeith Motor Company an FSO franchise, and also a branch at Glasgow Road, Camelon Falkirk. Carntyne branch and Leith branch closed, Langside branch was originally Peugeot Talbot but swapped that franchise for Lada Yugo and Proton, and then later Hyundai when they were still just cheap Korean cars, it lasted until 2010 before closing. Airdrie branch I think became Kia for a while and then Suzuki which it was until around 2011/12 when Parks Coatbridge got the Suzuki franchise in the area, TOM Vehicle Rental who were on the same plot of land took over their premises and they moved to East Kilbride next to the massive Parks dealership before Parks also took them over and put a BMW Motorrad showroom on their premises. Sighthill Edinburgh branch also changed to Hyundai and stuck with it until late 2013 I think when Macklin Motors took them and the other Edinburgh Hyundai dealer Phoenix at Seafield over. Their only remaining branch is the Falkirk one called Frasers, this was Seat until 2002, then Suzuki until 2013 when Ian Grieve got Suzuki in Falkirk and they briefly changed to Chevrolet and then when they pulled out of Europe Frasers took on MG and SsangYong, I think the main owners were the Wishart family but I seem to remember stories about there being divisions between them and other directors leading to the branches splitting off into different companies, Edinburgh Sighthill remained Archers, as I said Falkirk was Frasers, Airdrie changed to Arch Suzuki, and Langside branch was Hytec Hyundai, still all related though but I know of no other dealer to hold as many budget unfashionable franchises as this mob.

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Uploaded on March 2, 2017