The demolished old Walsall cinema landscape ready for a car supermarket

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The former Showcase cinema site in Walsall where an automotive supermarket is being built

The Showcase Cinema, on Bentley Mill Way next to junction 10 of the M6, has been demolished – only the entrance to the site remains.

It comes after the cinema was taken over by Trade Center UK which plans to make it the largest “car supermarket” in the Midlands.

The cinema was gutted in early December with the separate cinemas visible, but the seats and velvet screens are already gone.

Trade Center UK has announced that its new site will open in Walsall this year, but no specific date has yet been given for the official opening.

The branch will replace the current Wednesbury store which will be redeveloped into a ‘central preparation center’ to support the Midlands, North West and Yorkshire locations.

All existing retail staff are to be moved to the new store and the company has announced that it will be hiring additional staff at the Wednesbury readiness center.

Trade Center UK is one of the fastest growing used car retailers in the country and was ranked number one independent retailer in Car Dealer Magazine 2020.

The Trade Center group was founded by Mark Bailey in 1999 and remains 100% owned by the Bailey family. It operates six sites in the UK including two in Wales which operate under the The Trade Center Wales brand in Neath and Cardiff North.

There are four in England at Wednesbury, Coventry, Rochdale and one which recently opened in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

Tim Carr, CEO, said: “We are proud to once again develop our business in the West Midlands,

“With a direct frontage onto the M6, there is no better location in the UK for our brand.

“We look forward to the opening of the new store.”

Showcase still has a multi-screen cinema in the Black Country, based in Dudley, close to Dudley Zoo in Castlegate Business and Leisure Park.

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