RUGBY STAR XAVIER RUSH BUYS-UP THE OLD MONTY SMITH CAR SHOWROOMS

Rugby-star and businessman – Penarth’s Xavier Rush –  has snapped up Monty Smith’s former garage

The former Monty Smith garage and car dealership at 56 Windsor Road, has been bought by a firm run by a company owned by a Penarth businessman Mr Xavier Joseph Rush.

The company, Cardiff-based X-Stream Holdings Ltd, bought the freehold premises for £194,750.

Mr Rush  – a  New Zealander who is a well-known sports coach and former Cardiff Blues player – has a number of business interests in the UK.

The Windsor Kinema was opened in 1914 and is pictured here in 1923 – still in the silent film era

The Monty Smith Car showroom was formerly the Windsor Kinema – and traces of the original cinema are still to be seen inside the building

Monty Smith’s “Motorist’s Centre” as it was in 2014

The sale was completed earlier this month but it’s still not known what plans there are for the re-development of the site – which has been an eyesore in the town for several years. The Vale of Glamorgan Council confirmed in April this year that the site could be yused for A1″ retail use . This includes the following possible uses:-

(a) for the retail sale of goods other than hot food,
(b) as a post office,
(c) for the sale of tickets or as a travel agency,
(d) for the sale of sandwiches or other cold food for consumption off the premises,
(e) for hairdressing,
(f) for the direction of funerals,
(g) for the display of goods for sale,
(h) for the hiring out of domestic or personal goods or articles,
(i) for the reception of goods to be washed, cleaned or repaired

In a scene reminiscent of the US Army raising the Stars and Stripes on Iwo Jima, the famous  MG Rover sign is lowered for the last time in October 2016 at the former Monty Smith garage in Windsor Road. The signage wasn’t included in the sale and is now owned by Monty Smith’s son Andrew Smith. (Photo John Clark)

Andrew Smith – son of founder Monty Smith surveys the sign before its loaded onto a trailer to be taken away (Photo John Clark)

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14 Responses to RUGBY STAR XAVIER RUSH BUYS-UP THE OLD MONTY SMITH CAR SHOWROOMS

  1. Frederick says:

    ‘In a scene reminiscent of the US Army raising the Stars and Stripes on Iwo Jima, the famous MG Rover sign is lowered for the last time in October 2016 at the former Monty Smith garage in Windsor Road.’
    What is life if not full of laughter? 🙂

  2. penarthblog says:

    I still believe that this would be a great location for a much needed multi story car park. But I accept that there would be a lot of hostility to such an idea as has been demonstrated on this site and others in the past. I suspect that such a use for the site would also be low on the new owners thinking as other uses would be more profitable.

  3. The Dairy Farmer says:

    Absolutely Penarthblog it won’t be a car park that’s for sure.
    Can put all my cows there to graze if they can’t find anything else for it, but think Xavier would want a high return, and quite rightly as he has outlayed a large sum for the plot – change of use to residential flats me thinks!

  4. Frank Evans says:

    M&S local ☺

  5. Daft o dul says:

    A little birdie tells me it will be a large venue bar a bit like a beer keller but with live music and kyote ugly bar staff.

    Should be fun!

  6. Fishhenge says:

    I hear it’s going to be a mosque.

  7. Ccfc says:

    Charity shop

  8. AK says:

    Was Xavier Rush’s company not behind the sympathetic conversion of the church on Albert Road into appartments, which got much praise ?

    But I’m not sure if a derelict filling station justifies such care, even if it does have a fancy ceilimy. Anything is an improvement on the present eyesore.

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