Up to 39 jobs are under threat with the planned closure of a Leicester car dealership.
Staff at the Vauxhall dealership in Thurmaston Lane, Hamilton, are being consulted over the plans.
Parent company Marshall Motor Group wants to close the site because Vauxhall decided to cut the number of its UK franchises after it was taken over by the PSA Group, which makes Citroën and Peugeot cars.
Staff are being offered the chance to relocate to other branches within the Marshall Group, although Leicestershire Live understands some of those affected are already looking for jobs elsewhere.
The move comes less than a year after Marshall decided to close its Mountsorrel Honda dealership, which had almost 20 staff, as part of a cost-cutting move.
Someone with links to the Hamilton dealership said staff, some of whom have worked there for more than 20 years, were devastated by the closure plans.
The person said: “Every Vauxhall dealership in the country lost its franchise and had to reapply. That’s 350-odd dealers.
“The Hamilton Marshall’s staff found out at the end of September that it was closing.
“It’s been there since 1992 and it’s sad as there are people who have been there 24 years.
“There are 39 staff and it is closing on or around October 29 or 30.
“Staff are gutted. Many of them have been there for years and it’s all they’ve ever known. It’s like they are breaking up a family.
“Staff have been offered jobs in places like Grimsby, Notts, Leicester, Lincoln, and I think a few are moving, but for many of them relocating would be quite difficult.
“It’s sad because the site has been performing well and is pretty profitable. Having said that, I understand the redundancy package is quite good.”
Vauxhall announced last spring that it was terminating all its 326 franchise contracts and then getting dealerships to reapply, as it slimmed down its dealer network.
A spokesman for Marshall said: “We are currently in consultation with colleagues over the potential closure of our Vauxhall site in Thurmaston, Leicester.
“This is as a result of Vauxhall’s strategy to reduce the number of sales points and improve its viability for the dealership network.
“We are looking to redeploy as many colleagues from the dealership as possible.”
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