Bidders line up for caravan site

The Coppull site
The Coppull site

Bidders are lining up to buy the Chorley base of a collapsed caravan dealer.

KPMG, which is handling the sale of assets of Discover Leisure, confirmed there had been “considerable interest” in buying its north west headquarters on Chapel Lane in Coppull.

It comes as more than £1m of stock belonging to the failed caravan and motor home dealership was sold.

The Yorkshire-based company called in administrators in October with the loss of 240 jobs, including nearly 80 workers at the Lancashire base.

A KPMG spokesman said: “The Coppull Discover Leisure site has been marketed for sale, resulting in considerable interest which the administrators are considering.”

The Manchester office of property group Sanderson Wetherall completed the sale of stock through a sale and online auction of around 60 new and second hand caravans and motor homes and a large amount of camping and caravanning accessories.

The auction had around 2,000 lots and more than 1,200 trade buyers and individuals registered an interest to bid.

The administrator has not set a timescale on its bid to sell the regional headquarters of Discover.

KPMG was appointed to the business, which floated on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) stock exchange, last October citing a slowdown in the market.

Its directors had failed in a bid to secure new investment despite shutting 11 of its trading sites in 2009 as part of a restructure of the business.

Speaking at the time of the appointment, administrator Mark Firman said: “Discover has suffered a persistently depressed consumer demand for high value items.”