Belfast Telegraph

Car dealer to create 60 jobs with £5m Newry showroom

Richard Ward, sales director; Caroline Willis, finance director and Paul Ward, sales director with plans of the new Shelbourne Motors showroom
Richard Ward, sales director; Caroline Willis, finance director and Paul Ward, sales director with plans of the new Shelbourne Motors showroom
Emma Deighan

By Emma Deighan

Car sales company Shelbourne Motors will build a new £5m showroom next year in Newry, creating 60 jobs.

The firm, a stockist of Nissan, Dacia, Renault and Toyota vehicles, will also create 100 additional jobs during the construction period of the Armagh Road complex.

It's the 45-year-old company's second site in Northern Ireland, alongside its Portadown headquarters.

The 50,000 sq ft development will be designed by Dungannon-based Clarman Architects, which is behind retail and forecourt projects here including a petrol station plan beside Belfast International Airport.

Shelbourne's Newry site will feature four car showrooms, car handover bays, lounge-style waiting area with cafe, and used vehicle and customer parking spaces.

It will also have Northern Ireland's first drive-through service centre with a 28-bay service workshop.

Paul Ward, director of Shelbourne Motors, said: "This is a significant investment in the future growth of our business as we celebrate our 45th anniversary.

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"This modern, multi-franchise complex, along with the appointment of a dynamic and experienced team of 60 new staff will further strengthen our position as one of Northern Ireland's largest family-owned vehicle retailers.

"We already offer customers an excellent franchise network and a quality customer experience, and look forward to launching our new custom-built facility with its host of technologically-advanced features that will further impress our customers, old and new, in 2019."

Shelbourne Motors was founded by the Ward Family in 1973 and employs over 130 staff at its Portadown headquarters. It also offers 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.

Mr Ward said: "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.

"We are always looking to the future and our investment in this new complex in Newry, with its significant focus on maximising the customer experience, is the next step to ensuring we grow our position within the local automotive retail and aftersales sector."

Belfast Telegraph