December 7 2013 Latest news:
Friday, August 16, 2013
A Wymondham mechanic is on the move after he sold his garage to make way for a new supermarket in the town.
Justin Cooper sold Postmill Garage to Morrisons earlier this year and has moved to Chestnut Drive, Wymondham, into a unit which was formerly owned by Lotus.
He also leases a workshop at Anglia Auto Centre in Barford.
The 35-year-old said: “I was a trainee at the garage in Barford when I left school and worked as an apprentice until I was 20.”
He then went into business with a friend and worked at a unit in Colton, which was subject to an arson attack just two years later.
Mr Cooper, who lives in Norwich, said: “They burnt it to the ground and we lost everything.
“About four or five cars were burnt and all the tools were gone.
“I then worked in Hockering for a couple of years before I started my own in Shipdham in 2001.”
He bought Postmill Garage in 2004 and recently sold it to Morrisons for a six-figure sum to allow a new supermarket to be built.
And although his new venture will be on the opposite side of the town, Mr Cooper said he will keep the name Postmill Garage. The father-of-two employs four mechanics and two part-time office staff at his garage in Wymondham and three mechanics and two part-time office staff at the Barford unit.
“I am having to re-wire the whole place and have some ground work done. We only got the keys on Monday so it has been quite full on.
“I would like to thank my customers for their support,” he added. “Having my own garage has always been my dream.
“It’s like a phoenix rising from the ashes.”
Building work is expected to start on the Postmill Close site by the end of the year.
It is expected that the supermarket will create 200 new jobs.
Two hundred jobs are set to be created after one of west Norfolk’s largest businesses was granted permission to expand its King’s Lynn facilities.