A RICH history and a golden future for car sales in Thurrock was celebrated with the opening of Brayley Mazda in Orsett Road, Grays.
The managing director of Brayley Cars Limited, Paul Brayley was joined by the managing director of Mazda, Jeremy Thomson as well as Thurrock MP, Jackie Doyle Price and the mayor of Thurrock, cllr Steve Liddiard.
There are very few locations in the UK where cars have been traded from the same site since the end of the 19th century but Orsett Road in Grays is one of them and it’s about to enter a new chapter in its history.
Having first opened its doors as the New Century Motor Works in 1898, current owners Brayleys Cars, which has operated a Honda dealership on the site since 2006, has invested more than Â£250,000 in a major refurbishment project to re-open as Brayley Mazda.
The new dealership will be in the first group of UK Mazda franchises to sport the Japanese manufacturer’s new look branding and Brayleys is already on the look out for extra sales staff to join the company’s
Jason Sayers, Brayley’s Sales Manager in Grays, said: "We’ve built a successful business with Honda for over eight years and our links with them will continue as an authorised service and repair outlet but we are excited to be representing Mazda and
showcasing a terrific line up of cars to the local community this year. There’s a great opportunity for at least two dynamic sales people to join our team."
Keen on maintaining the historic connection that the business has with the town, Paul Brayley, Managing Director of Brayleys Cars, commented:
"It’s humbling to think that one family owned this business for over a hundred years so I consider it a privilege to maintain a long tradition of good customer service. Orsett Road isn’t just another dealership, it really is a piece of history and part of the fabric of the community and we are looking forward to keeping this going."