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Sixteen new jobs as car showroom becomes a service station

By Staff Reporter

More than a dozen new jobs have been created in Co Antrim following the opening of a new service station.

Donnelly's of Rathkenny has created 16 new jobs with the opening up its new service station in a former car showroom outside Ballymena.

The six-figure investment by the family - who are not linked to the motor dealer family of the same name - was supported by Danske Bank.

Director Connor Donnelly said: "We identified a gap in the market for an all-in-one service station and found ideal premises in a central location.

"We replaced the electrics in the existing building and demolished an old house and office space which allowed us to create a forecourt.

"We installed new fuel tanks, retiled the old car showroom and installed a hot food and deli counter along with a stainless steel kitchen."

He said the local community had embraced the new store since it opened last month.

"The old premises was a bit of an eyesore and I think people are glad something has finally been done to transform it," Mr Donnelly added.

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