Jennings Fords sales operation in Washington transfers to Sunderland

Posted on 14 Nov 2007

The Jennings Motor Group has today announced the relocation of its sales operation in Washington to the Group’s supersite in Sunderland.

The service and parts department, based on Parsons Road in Washington, is unaffected by the relocation of the sales operation and will remain in business to service both Ford and Mazda customers.

The Board of Directors have reassured all staff that the decision to transfer the sales operation was taken in order to consolidate the Ford franchise for the Wearside area, with the company remaining as Ford Motor Company’s preferred representative for all of the South Tyneside and Wearside area from Gateshead through to Sunderland and South Shields.

Nas Khan, managing director of the Jennings Motor Group, said;

“In 2006, we invested £5.5m in a new, state-of-the-art, purpose-built supersite, which is located on Riverside Road, just off Wessington Way in Sunderland.”

“As a result of the close proximity of the two dealerships and in order to fully maximize the potential of our new Sunderland supersite, the decision was taken to transfer the Washington sales operation over to Sunderland.”

Nas went on to say; “Every effort is being made to secure alternative positions within the group for all employees concerned.”

The Group continues to operate Ford dealerships in Sunderland, Gateshead, South Shields, Stockton and Middlesbrough, in addition to Mazda dealerships located in Sunderland and Middlesbrough and also a SEAT and Ranger 4x4 Centre in Middlesbrough.

The Group’s supersite in Sunderland officially opened in September 2006 and was built to replace the Group’s former North Hylton Road dealership, which was acquired by Jennings in April, 2003.

Consisting of both Ford and Mazda dealerships, in addition to a Ford Commercial Sales Centre, the Sunderland supersite also boasts a seating area with café facilities.

Last month, the Group reported an extremely successful first year of business in the new premises in Sunderland.

All sales enquiries for the area will now be handled at the Group’s Sunderland branch on 0191 549 1111.

However, all service and parts enquiries and bookings for Washington will continue to be handled on 0191 4167700.

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