Shelbourne Motors has officially opened its new £5million multi-brand complex in Newry, Co Down.
The state-of-the-art facility features Renault, Dacia and Kia showrooms, and a purpose-built Autoselect Used Car Supermarket. The 50,000 sq ft development also includes new car handover bays, drive-in service centre and lounge-style waiting area.
The Kia, Renault and Dacia partnerships position Shelbourne Motors as the only dedicated dealership supplying new and used vehicles for the global car manufacturers in the Newry and Mourne area. The official opening of the multi-franchise complex has created 60 new jobs across a variety of customer service, sales and technical support roles.
Paul Ward, Sales Director at Shelbourne Motors said: “We’re delighted to officially launch our new £5m multi-franchise complex in Newry. This is our largest ever single investment and fulfils our long-term ambition of expanding into the Newry and Mourne area.
“This state-of-the-art facility is a game-changer in the local automotive industry and strengthens our position as one of Northern Ireland’s largest family-owned vehicle retailers.
“The complex has been meticulously designed to provide an unequalled sales and after-care experience to customers. It incorporates spectacular Renault, Dacia and Kia showrooms, and an Autoselect Used Car Supermarket within one purpose-built facility that is sleek, bright and modern with a host of technologically-advanced features.
Shelbourne Motors was founded by the Ward Family in 1973 and currently employs over 130 staff at its 9-acre Portadown headquarters. It operates Toyota, Renault, Nissan and Dacia franchises, as well as a Used Car Supermarket, Accident Repair Centre, Vehicle Hire Division and Valet Centre. The business sells over 4,000 new and used cars each year.
Paul Ward continues: “Over the past 45 years we have prided ourselves on being a family run business that has continually strived for expansion, built upon an ethos of delivering exceptional choice and excellent customer service to our strong and loyal customer base.
“We have come a long way since we launched our first car dealership in January 1973, which today, is the longest established official Toyota franchise in Northern Ireland.
“Since then we have gone from strength to strength, adding Nissan, Renault and Dacia to our franchise network. We have also invested heavily in recent years in state-of-the-art showrooms for each franchise at our Portadown site, as well as a large-scale used car supermarket and an award-winning Accident Repair and Valet Centre.
Image: Caroline Willis, Financial Director, Paul Ward, Sales Director, and Richard Ward, Sales Director.