Kia Motors have been the first car manufacturer to be confirmed for the new £5M Shelbourne Motors, state-of-the-art multi-franchise facility opening in Newry.
The 50,000 sq ft development will create 60 new jobs when it officially opens with an additional 100 jobs during construction.
It will include four new car showrooms, new car handover bays, lounge-style waiting area with café and a drive-thru service centre with a 28-bay service workshop.
The Kia partnership will see Shelbourne Motors as the dedicated dealership supplying new and used Kia vehicles to customers in the Newry and Mourne area.
The South Korean manufacturer is one of the UK’s top selling car brands, selling over 93k new vehicles in 2017. Its range includes the compact Picanto and Stonic, the mid-sized family Cee’d; the seven-seater Sorento, as well as the award-winning Sportage.
Speaking about the partnership with Shelbourne Motors, Nigel Flude, Regional Franchising Manager at Kia Motors (UK) said: “Newry is an extremely important location for Kia Motors (UK) and this expansion represents an exciting step for our brand. This will be the first time that Kia Motors (UK) will have a dedicated dealer supplying new and used Kia vehicles to the area.”
Shelbourne Motors was founded by the Ward Family in 1973 and Director, Paul Ward, added; “We’re delighted to partner with Kia Motors (UK) to announce one of the world’s most popular car brands as the first franchise at our new £5m custom-built facility in Newry.
“This is a real statement of intent by Shelbourne Motors. Kia is synonymous with driving comfort, quality, reliability, technology, competitive pricing and the market-leading seven-year warranty.”
Shelbourne currently employs over 130 staff at its 9-acre Portadown headquarters, where it operates Toyota, Renault, Nissan and Dacia franchises, as well as a Used Car Supermarket,Accident Repair Centre and Valet Centre.