The former Monty Smith car dealership and garage is to become a Peacocks fashion store

The former Monty Smith car dealership has been sold – but despite rumours to the contrary – it has not been bought by Edinburgh Woollen Mill

There’s renewed speculation about the identity of the buyer of the former  Monty Smith’s car dealership at 56A Windsor Road Penarth . 

Well-connected sources in the local property field had originally speculated that the buyer could be an offshoot of  Edinburgh Woollen Mill – a subsidiary of which already owns several major buildings in Penarth including the Holm House HotelAshdene Manor, the derelict mansion Normandy and the former care-centre Gardenhurst which it plans to redevelop.

The property company handling the sale of Monty Smith's have confirmed that the garage has been sold

The property company handling the sale of Monty Smith’s have confirmed that the garage has been sold

Details of the transaction have not yet appeared on the Land Registry website  but it’s now been established that  the new owner is not Edinburgh Woollen Mill ( owners of the Peacocks fashion chain)  or its subsidiary EWM Property – but is believed to be a local private property developer.

Michael Boland and his family once owned the Edwardian mansion Normandy

Michael Boland and his family once owned the Edwardian mansion Normandy

In making its series of acquisitions in the Penarth area EWM has worked closely with a number of prominent local developers including Mr Michael Boland, from whose daughter –  Madeleine – EWM Property bought the derelict wreck of the Edwardian mansion  Normandy. Normandy was the subject of a long legal battle between the Vale of Glamorgan Council and former owner Michael Boland .

The Monty Smith Garage – (not to be confused with the former Robert Smith Garage 100 yards down the road) is a very large converted former cinema which offers floorspace of  13,500 ft2.

The ground landlords of the property are the Plymouth Estates who – it’s understood –  have retained their freehold.

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  1. Christopher David says:

    Not sure I’d call Peacocks a fashion retailer but hey- all sounds good. What happened to the restrictions then?

  2. penarthblog says:

    If true, I think this is extremely disappointing, There was and maybe still is an opportunity to help the parking problems in Penarth by using this building as a multi story car park and that would benefit businesses, shoppers and visitors alike.

    • CelticMan says:


    • Timothy Hughes says:

      Just to be clear a car showroom/garage is not the same thing as a multi-storey car park. The floor loading, drainage requirements, ramp design and general parking dimensions are likely to be substantially different.

  3. penarthblog says:

    Good question, what about the restrictions?

  4. cathy says:

    Can’t imagine who is going to pay £250,000 to purchase the property and then use it as a multi storey carpark – would have to be a very expensive car Park! Can’t imagine the VOG council purchasing it for the good people of Penarth

  5. Frank Evans says:

    How about a bhs local?

  6. Christopher David says:

    That a bit Green Frank Evans

    • Peter Church says:

      Peacocks and BHS some people do get them confused. To clarify; one is a down market Fashion Retailer that went into administration and the is down market Department Store that went into administration.

  7. sjleworthy says:

    Peacocks? Oh no 😦

  8. Harry says:

    Bet he doesn’t open Peacocks there. My bet is that he will buy it and leave it – like Normany & Ashdene – and eventually it will fall into further disrepair and then heyho it will be flats – haven’t we very old Penarth folk heard this tale from someone else before …….

  9. Christopher David says:

    Did / does this chap follow the old 70’s 80’s PUDCPB damage and leave model then? If EOP Estates retains the freehold that is very unlikely to happen Harry, from both a commercial and covenant (he’s good at covenants the Earl) perspective.

  10. MGG says:

    You are all completly wrong .Its going to be turned into a monthly fify mile market also selling vistorian benches , with a bouncy castle , Funfair, pop up skate park and a regular display of infant school children watercolours. And as a special attraction its going to be advertised on Smithys van at Cogan .

    • snoggerdog says:

      i thought legal highs werent legal anymore,u lot are breaking the law (judas priest circa 1980)

  11. whatsoccurin says:

    Not sure the answer to all Penarth’s problems is to “build a multi-storey car park”-it’s a bit like Mrs Thatcher responding to many problems by saying we should “send in the S.A.S!”Parking in Penarth is a problem but as there is no enforcement drivers will still park on double yellow lines and zig-zags whether or not we have a multi-storey on each street corner-when developers buy these sites, they see profit in bricks and mortar so it will probably be apartments.

    • penarthblog says:

      I didn’t claim that it was a solution to all parking problems, but it seems to me to be a very good location for a car park, close to shops, pubs, restaurants and other things.

  12. Harry says:

    Exactly as I posted earlier – whatsoccurin – my bet is it will be flats

    • penarthblog says:

      And that would be unfortunate. Ask businesses, shoppers and visitors what their main concerns are when visiting Penarth and parking problems are near if not at the top of the list.

  13. AK says:

    I rarely have a problem finding a space in Penarth during the week, although occasionally have to go round the block a couple of times.

    I’m sure it would be even easier if the friendly traffic man was a bit less friendly to the traders who leave their cars on time limited spaces all day.

    It may also help if resident only spaces were used during the day when the resident is out at work.

    Failing that, just do what they do in Cogan and double park all night !

  14. Christopher David says:

    Or scrap residents only parking. Why should anyone be able to “lease” a piece of public road we all pay for!

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