Donnelly Group, Northern Ireland’s largest family-owned new and used vehicle retailer, has completed the purchase of one of Bangor’s most respected car dealerships, Shaws Citroen.
The acquisition of Shaws, which is based on the corner of the Green Road and the Bangor-Newtownards carriageway, will become the ninth Donnelly Group location in Northern Ireland and the first in Bangor.
In addition to the Citroen dealership, Donnelly Group has also announced that it will open a Honda franchise on the site from 1 November and introduce Donnelly Motorstore, offering access to more than 2,000 used vehicles to the North Down motoring public.
All 19 Shaws’ employees will join the Donnelly Group with Michael Shaw remaining in position as General Sales Manager ensuring a continuity of service. Paul Compton, who has been with the Donnelly Group for over 10 years, will become Site Director.
Dave Sheeran, Managing Director of Donnelly Group said:
“There are many synergies between Shaws and the Donnelly Group that made this an attractive acquisition for the Group. Both are family businesses with a long history of customer excellence and like the Donnelly Group, Shaws has a strong and loyal customer base who will continue to be served by the same dedicated team. I’d like to welcome the Bangor team to the Donnelly Group family which now encompasses more than 750 employees across nine locations in Northern Ireland and represents 18 manufacturers.
Paul Compton, who in addition to overseeing operations at Donnelly Group at Boucher Road will now also become Site Director at Donnelly Group Bangor said:
“Whilst we have showrooms across Northern Ireland we felt we needed a presence in Bangor, making it easier for our North Down customers to avail of our province-wide sales offering and after sales services. Through the award-winning range of Honda and Citroen new vehicles plus our Motorstore of used cars and vans, we look forward to bringing the Donnelly Group way of doing business to the motorists of Bangor, North Down and the Ards Peninsula.”
Michael Shaw, who now becomes General Sales Manager at Donnelly Group Bangor said:
“Shaws was established in 1926 and relocated to the current premises some 30 years ago. The team and I are delighted to be joining the Donnelly Group. The arrival of the Donnelly Group is fantastic news for motorists in the local area as we welcome the Honda franchise that will complement our Citroen range. The introduction of Donnelly Motorstore will ensure that we will now be the premier site in Bangor for new and used vehicles no matter your budget. I’d like to thank all our customers down the years and assure them that under Donnelly Group we will continue to offer the motoring public an exceptional sales and after sales service. I look forward to seeing all our customers soon at our newly branded showroom.”
Customers can contact the team on 028 9147 2277, call in to Donnelly Group Bangor, Green Road, County Down, BT23 7PZ, or visit www.donnellygroup.co.uk for more information.