by STACEY HEANEY
Hurst are to close their Renault dealership on Lisburn's Belfast
The company has announced plans to relocate
to the Boucher Road in Belfast.
The move will not affect the Vauxhall
dealership which operates on the same site.
It follows the company's relocation of their
Jaguar dealership from Portadown to Boucher Road.
There are currently 15 people employed at
the. Lisburn Renault dealership but Charles Hurst says most of
the staff will be re-deployed elsewhere within the company.
A Charles Hurst spokesperson commented: "This
proposal has been made in consultation with Renault UK, taking
into account their current and future volume expectations in the
Northern Ireland market
"Should the proposal proceed, the intention
would be to cover the Lisburn territory from our flagship
Renault dealership in Boucher Road in Belfast.
"There are currently 15 people employed in
this dealership, which, has been in Charles Hurst's ownership
since 2000. In the event that the dealership closes, we
anticipate being able to re-deploy most of the staff within the
Charles Hurst Group, to fill existing vacancies."
Lisburn Mayor, Councillor Ronnie Crawford,
said he was "disappointed" the city would be losing business,
but he hoped local people would support the remaining
dealerships m Lisburn.
Mr Crawford said: "It is reducing the element
of choice for the people of Lisburn. Hurst's recently closed
their Jaguar dealership at Carn in Portadown and moved it to
Boucher Road so it is quite obvious they see Boucher Road as
'Unfortunately the reality of the motor trade
at the minute means they are not finding it economical to run it
"It is disappointing for any business to be
lost in Lisburn but fortunately there are still plenty of car
dealerships in the city and I hope people will fully support
them to keep business within Lisburn."