Published: 17 Oct 2017
New Jennings Kia and Mazda dealership officially opens in Sunderland
A new dealership, creating jobs for local people, has opened in Sunderland for Jennings Motor Group.
The motor dealer group marked the official opening with a VIP event at the new dealership, which is located adjacent to Sunderland Football Club’s Stadium of Light on Stadium Way in Sunderland.
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Part of an ongoing programme of development and customer care, the dealership, which has created 24 jobs for local people, further complements the group’s existing Kia sites located in Washington and Stockton, and the company’s Mazda franchise based in Middlesbrough.
Dr Nas Khan OBE, managing director Jennings Motor Group, said; “We’re delighted to be further expanding the business, and boosting the region’s economy with the creation of new jobs by bringing the Kia and Mazda brands to the people of Wearside.
“Both sites provide the full range of new models available across each marque, in addition to quality approved used cars, and a range of aftersales facilities, including service, MOT and parts.”
Official opening proceedings got underway with a ribbon cutting ceremony carried out by Nas Khan, alongside Simon Hetherington, commercial director at Kia Motors (UK) Ltd, and Brett Hague, head of network strategy at Mazda Motors UK.
VIP guests enjoyed a relaxed evening of entertainment and refreshments, followed by a grand finale firework display.
The site - a former car dealership - has undergone a complete refurbishment and work has been carried out to an extremely high standard and specification, in order to meet the corporate design and styles of both manufacturers.
Designed and project managed by Wearside-based Focus Architecture + Surveying, each 200sqm showroom accommodates a five-vehicle display, and includes new high specification finishes, fittings and lighting.
Part of the refurbishment also included the installation of an eight-ramp workshop and MOT bay facility, in addition to an independent valet building to the rear of the site.
Fully refurbished first floor office accommodation overlooks the double height showroom area, and the exterior incorporates a large forecourt to accommodate an extensive display of vehicles.
Jennings Motor Group operates Kia, Mazda, Ford, Ford Direct and SEAT dealerships across the region. In addition to selling new and quality used cars to retail, fleet and Motability customers, the business also provides a full range of aftersales facilities, including service, MOT, accident repair and parts.
Over recent years, the business has diversified into selling and servicing motorcycles with the introduction of two Harley-Davidson dealerships in Leeds and Gateshead, as well as venturing into the catering industry with a SUBWAY® store located at the company’s Kia franchise in Stockton.
Jennings Kia has been operating in Washington, Tyne and Wear since 2011, and in Stockton, Teesside since 2013. The group’s Mazda dealership in Middlesbrough officially opened in 2003.
For more information about the range of products and services available at the new Jennings Kia and Mazda dealership, call into the Stadium Way site, contact 0333 414 9750.
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