Discover Leisure sites sold

The disposal of four former caravan and motor home dealerships has raised in excess of £5m.

The sales were undertaken by the Manchester office of machinery and business assets agent Sanderson Weatherall on the instruction of Paul Flint and Mark Firmin of KPMG LLP, joint administrators of Discover Leisure and its trading subsidiary Signlease which entered administration in October 2011 with the loss of 250 jobs.

The site in Chester Road, Northwich was sold to motorcycle dealership J&S Accessories. Dealerships on the Portobello Trading Estate, Birtley in Gateshead and Malton Road, Flaxton Moor, York were acquired by Catterick Caravans. A site in Burtree Gate, Darlington was bought by Kimberley Caravans.

Sanderson Weatherall is negotiating the sale of a fifth former dealership on Chapel Lane, Coppull, Lancashire to an unnamed buyer.

The Manchester office is also planning an online auction of more than 200 caravan, motor home and leisure-related internet domain names together with domains associated with insurance, finance and warranty markets.

Sanderson Weatherall previously staged a combined retail sale and online auction of approximately 60 new and pre-owned caravan and motor homes and camping and caravanning accessories, fixtures and fittings and plant and machinery from the former sites of Discover.

Mark Lord, partner at Sanderson Weatherall, said: "Whilst we obviously regret the demise of a business and consequent loss of jobs, we're delighted to have secured the sale of four of the five dealerships and remain confident of being able to conclude a successful sale of the Coppull location.

"Our forthcoming online auction provides a tremendous opportunity to acquire a collection of unique domain names specific to the leisure, finance, insurance and warranty markets."

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