Family-run auto retailer Hammond Group has acquired the Nissan retailer in Bury St Edmunds previously operated by Marshall Motor Group. The deal sees the retailer and 35 staff based at the Lamdin Road site come under the control of the Hammond Group.

This will be the second Nissan franchise for the Suffolk-based company. It was also one of the first retailers in the UK to take on a franchise in the mid-1980s when Nissan Motor GB was formed.

Piers Capleton, dealer principal at Hammond Nissan for the past 16 years, will oversee the new Bury St Edmunds dealership in addition to his current role at the company’s existing Halesworth location.

Commenting on the deal, company director Derek Hammond said: “Our company has enjoyed steady growth over the years. We are a truly local company to Halesworth and the surrounding area and enjoy having a loyal customer base. This deal will see us branch out to a wider part of Suffolk for the first time.”