Published: 14 Jul 2016

Jennings Motor Group’s new Gateshead Harley-Davidson® dealership officially opens for business

The waiting is over for fans of the highly prestigious Harley-Davidson® brand, following the official opening of Jennings Motor Group’s new Gateshead-based dealership. 

The latest investment plan for the region’s longest established motor dealer group, which operates Ford, Kia, Mazda, SEAT, Mitsubishi and a Used Car Outlet across the North East and Teesside, adds to the company’s Harley-Davidson franchise business in Leeds.

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12 new jobs have been created by the opening of the new dealership, based on Ellison Road, Eslington Park.

Responsible for selling both new and quality used Harley-Davidson® motorcycles, in addition to offering a range of aftersales facilities, including service and Harley-Davidson® genuine parts and accessories, customers will also be able to take advantage of a wide range of MotorClothes® and merchandise.

Paul Mundy, Dealer Development Manager for Harley-Davidson® said; “We are delighted to announce the opening of the new Harley-Davidson store in Gateshead with the Jennings team.

“Jennings have the same customer philosophy as Harley-Davidson.  They have been in business for more than 100 years and in that time, have become synonymous with the highest standards of customer care in the North East.”

Sohail Khan, Director of Jennings Motor Group, has been responsible for overseeing the project, from construction through to the recruitment process, he said; “Selling and repairing bicycles is how the original Jennings business began more than a century ago.  The opening of our second Harley-Davidson dealership marks another significant chapter in the company’s 104-year long history.

“We are delighted to be bringing the highly prestigious Harley-Davidson brand to the people of the North East and look forward to providing an exceptional sales and aftersales service to our new customers, whom I’m sure will be impressed with the new dealership and the products and services we have on offer.”

Multi-award winning Jennings Motor Group currently employs 482 members of staff at dealerships across Tyneside, Wearside, South Tyneside and Teesside.

In addition to having a loyal customer database, the majority of employees are also loyal and longstanding.  2016 will see 29 members of staff being rewarded for a combined 660 years’ loyalty to the company. 

Paul Mundy, Dealer Development Manager for Harley-Davidson, went on to say; “Part of our selection criteria was to work with a business partner who has the financial strength to invest not only in state-of-the-art premises, but also has the strength to develop their business in a sustainable way to ensure that customers can have confidence to know the team and will be here for the long term.

“Part of our business philosophy is to develop personalised, trusted and social relationships with our customers.  To do that, we need partners who truly understand the meaning of customer service.  The Jennings Motor Group have shown their pedigree with 20 high profile awards demonstrating their commitment to this ethos.

“Jennings Motor Group is one of the few mid-sized companies in the motorcycle and automotive retail industry still in family ownership, meaning the business is their life not just a small part of their life.  We are excited to be opening our second Harley-Davidson store with Sohail and his team.”

For more information about the range of products and services available at the new Gateshead Harley-Davidson dealership, call in to the Ellison Road branch, contact 0191 461 9100.

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