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Over 300 special guests got the opportunity to tour Shelbourne Motors in Newry when it held its official opening night last night, 9 October.

The impressive state-of-the-art facility features Renault, Dacia and Kia showrooms, and a purpose-built Autoselect Used Car Supermarket.

Brendan Heaney, Shelbourne Motors; with Ian McDonald, Hugh Cunningham and Raymond Flynn at the official opening of Shelbourne Motors in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Brendan Heaney, Shelbourne Motors with Ian McDonald, Hugh Cunningham and Raymond Flynn at the official opening of Shelbourne Motors in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

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.

Francis Canning and daughter Margaret from Mountnorris at the official opening of Shelbourne Motors in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Francis Canning and daughter Margaret from Mountnorris at the official opening of Shelbourne Motors in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Pictured from Shelbourne Motors is Richard Ward, Sales Director, Caroline Willis, Financial Director and Paul Ward, Sales Director.
Pictured at Shelbourne Motors, Newry are Richard Ward, Sales Director, Caroline Willis, Financial Director and Paul Ward, Sales Director. Photograph: Brian Thompson Photography

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.

“The doors have been open for less than two weeks and the huge amounts of positive feedback from new and existing customers has been tremendous.

Gabriel McElvanna and Newry and Armagh MLA Justin McNulty at the official opening of Shelbourne Motors in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Gabriel McElvanna and Newry and Armagh MLA Justin McNulty at the official opening of Shelbourne Motors in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

“We are already ahead of our projected sales and after sales targets for October and this is testament to our 60 new staff hitting the ground running and delivering our ethos of ensuring customers receive the highest level of service and the best value on our excellent range of new and used vehicles.” 

Pictured at the opening are from left: Chris Lear, Kia Motors UK; Richard Ward, Shelbourne Motors; Simon Hetherington, Kia Motors UK; Caroline Willis, Shelbourne Motors; Steve Hicks, Kia Motors UK and Paul Ward, Shelbourne Motors. Photograph: Brian Thompson Photography
Pictured at the official opening of Shelbourne Motors Newry are from left: Chris Lear, Kia Motors UK; Richard Ward, Shelbourne Motors; Simon Hetherington, Kia Motors UK; Caroline Willis, Shelbourne Motors; Steve Hicks, Kia Motors UK and Paul Ward, Shelbourne Motors. Photograph: Brian Thompson Photography

Shelbourne Motors’ will be hosting an open day for the general public this Saturday 12 October (12 – 2pm) to celebrate the official opening of the new facility. Cool FM Roadshow will host an outside broadcast to entertain customers and local suppliers The Big Red Bus Company will also be hand to sample food cooked on their American style smoker. 

Jordan Poucher, Shelbourne Motors with Chris Gorman, Kellys Point Hire and Lorraine Poucher, Pouchers Funeral Directors at the official opening of Shelbourne Motors new showroom in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Jordan Poucher, Shelbourne Motors with Chris Gorman, Kellys Point Hire and Lorraine Poucher, Pouchers Funeral Directors at the official opening of Shelbourne Motors new showroom in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

Shelbourne Motors was founded by the Ward Family in 1973 and its Portadown headquarters operates Toyota, Renault, Nissan and Dacia franchises, as well as a Used Car Supermarket, Accident Repair Centre, Vehicle Rental Division and Valet Centre. 

Richard Ward, Shelbourne Motors; Caroline Willis, Shelbourne Motors; Mark Hawkins, Renault UK; John Richardson, Renault UK; Jonny Cairns, Renault UK and Paul Ward, Shelbourne Motors.
Richard Ward, Shelbourne Motors; Caroline Willis, Shelbourne Motors; Mark Hawkins, Renault UK; John Richardson, Renault UK; Jonny Cairns, Renault UK and Paul Ward, Shelbourne Motors at the official opening. Photograph: Brian Thompson Photography

For more information on Shelbourne Motors’ new multi-franchise complex in Newry visit WWW.SHELBOURNEMOTORS.COM 

Over 300 guests attended the official opening of Shelbourne Motors in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Over 300 guests attended the official opening of Shelbourne Motors in Newry. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
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