A new state of the art car showroom could open at the gateway to Bolton town centre - on the site of the former Clarence Street school.
The RRG Group is looking to build a new showroom at the prime location, which is on the north side of town, where Topp Way and St Peter’s Way meet.
If the dealership gets the go-ahead, it will be the Group’s third facility in Bolton joining RRG Toyota Bolton on Bury New Road, and Lexus Bolton on Bury Road.
Legal negotiations are now in advanced stages and if plans are approved, the showroom will have space for more than 80 new and used cars, as well as offering servicing facilities.
A planning application is expected to be submitted in the coming months.
Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr Cliff Morris, said: “This is major private investment for an important gateway to the town centre.
“While we can’t disclose the value of this deal at this stage, we are confident that it will represent a sizeable boost to our local economy.
“From the discussions we’ve had so far, we understand that the development could create up to 30 new jobs for local people.
“Skoda are very keen to invest in Bolton and we welcome their proposals.”
A spokesman for RRG added: “We are extremely excited about the prospect of opening this Skoda facility in Bolton and developing our existing relationship with the manufacturer.
“Skoda’s recent new product launches have shown the brand’s innovative new approach and we are looking forward to developing this partnership.
“We are proud to be celebrating 50 years in business next year. The RRG Group was actually founded in Bolton, when the business opened on the Radcliffe Road site in 1967. Opening a purpose built Skoda facility in Bolton, in the year we celebrate this milestone anniversary, is extra special and even more appealing for the Group.”
Tony Hindley of Hindley Lawrence, who advised RRG Group on the acquisition, said: “Bolton is a significant territory for many motor manufacturers.
“There is a very limited amount of suitable land available in the town and we are delighted to have secured such a prominent site and look forward to working with the council to develop the site next year.”