Two retailers celebrate landmarks
14 April 2021
Multi-franchise Isle of Wight retailer Esplanade celebrated its 75th anniversary on 12 April. Employing 40 islanders, the retailer was acquired by the Jacksons Group in 2017. Outgrowing its original Newport premises, a brand new site in Cowes was opened in 2018. It is calculated Esplanade has sold 45,000 cars over 75 years.
Horizon Honda Poole is also marking 50 years of trading, in which it’s grown from a single site to having 10 branches and more than 230 employees. Its first employee, Simon Rickard, is still with the firm: he started as a car cleaner and rose through the ranks to become director and group buyer. “I’ve no plans to retire any time soon,” said Mr Rickard.