THE car retailer founded in Keighley, Colin Appleyard, has opened its new showroom in Canal Road.

The retailer has moved its Suzuki showroom from Shipley to larger premises, formerly home to Bradford Motorcycles, on the outskirts of the city centre.

It houses a 12 car showroom, 30 car forecourt and five bay workshop, along with plenty of customer parking space.

Robin Appleyard, managing director, said: “The need for this move has been on the cards for some time.

“You could say we have been the victim of our own success!

“Not only will it help to heighten the company’s profile in West Yorkshire but will greatly enhance our customer’s buying and after-sales experience.

“As well as all our Shipley team we have also retained four members of Bradford Motorcycles’ staff.”

The new showroom was officially opened with the help of Lord Mayor of Bradford Councillor Zafar Ali.

Colin Appleyard was Suzuki’s first official car dealership in the UK, and has five showrooms in the north.