Connollys Mercedes-Benz

20 new jobs created

Claire McGovern

Reporter:

Claire McGovern

20 new jobs created

An artist impression of the new state of the art dealership.

Mercedes-Benz’s North West dealership has today (Monday, October 17) opened its doors to customers, creating 20 new full-time jobs.

The new 20,000 sq ft state-of-the-art dealership has been developed by Connollys Motor Group in a building in a prime location in Sligo, which had been standing vacant since the recession.

It will be one of the largest Mercedes-Benz dealerships – and one of the most high-tech motor dealerships - in the country with Connollys investing €4.5 million into the project.

Located in Collooney, Sligo, it will be the main Mercedes-Benz passenger car dealership for sales – and after-sales services – covering all of the North West region.

The opening of the new dealership will extend the number of Mercedes-Benz main dealers nationwide to 14.The new jobs in Sligo increase the number of full-time employees at the Connolly Motor Group to 183. Run by brothers Kevin and Neil Connolly, it one of the biggest motor groups in the country and already has Audi and Volkswagen dealerships in Sligo and Ballina as well as the Audi dealership in Galway. As well as selling the brand-new models in the Mercedes-Benz range, the company will be offering aftersales services to the current Mercedes-Benz drivers in the region. Until now, Mercedes drivers in the region had to travel to Athlone, Cavan or Dublin for repairs or servicing.The showrooms will have space to display up to 15 cars. The premises will also house a customer reception and individual sales offices.

The facility will also have a 10-bay workshop featuring the most state-of-the-art equipment including four-wheel alignment and the latest diagnostic computers. 

It will also have a pre-delivery inspection centre, an extensive parts and accessories department and sales counter. The dealership will also have innovative private customer work stations, which would include desks, free Wi-Fi, charging points and allow customers to do work while their car is being worked on.