Show­room work of art, says boss

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - TONY RAGGATT

IF Townsville’s Hyundai deal­er­ship set out to im­press the boss, they have suc­ceeded.

The South Korean au­to­mo­tive man­u­fac­turer’s new Aus­tralian CEO, JW Lee, in­spected the $ 2.7 mil­lion Sturt St fa­cil­ity yes­ter­day and de­clared it a work of art.

Dur­ing his visit to the city, Mr Lee toured Townsville’s seafront to see the pop­u­lar Strand Ephemera sculp­ture ex­hi­bi­tion with which he was equally im­pressed.

See­ing the at­trac­tive hand- cut pan­elling, which fea­tures on the in­te­rior and ex­te­rior of the deal­er­ship, Mr Lee said this too, like on the seafront, was art and some­thing quite dif­fer­ent.

No doubt it will fit nicely with Hyundai’s New Think­ing, New Pos­si­bil­i­ties motto and the car maker’s new Kona SUVs which are about to ar­rive in Townsville.

Queens­land Hyundai man­ager Martin Him said they were ex­cep­tion­ally proud of the fa­cil­ity de­vel­oped by Pick­er­ings Auto Group dealer prin­ci­pal Bren­dan Pick­er­ing.

“It’s a stand­out fa­cil­ity,” Mr Him said. He said Pick­er­ings was one of their long­est stand­ing deal­er­ships in Queens­land with a great track record in em­ploy­ing and train­ing young peo­ple in the busi­ness.

Pick­er­ings em­ploys a full­time train­ing man­ager and is ac­tively in­volved in ini­tia­tives like the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s Youth Jobs PaTH pro­gram aimed at com­bat­ing youth un­em­ploy­ment.

Hyundai Townsville dealer prin­ci­pal Scott McEl­lig­ott said they em­ployed two ap­pren­tices a year from Kir­wan State High School un­der their schools pro­gram and were im­mensely proud this year’s Tec- NQ tech­ni­cal school’s ap­pren­tice of the year, Alex Nib­bia, was from the Pick­er­ings Auto Group.

Mr McEl­lig­ott said the re­de­vel­oped deal­er­ship pro­vided much- needed dis­play space ahead of the ar­rival of the new Kona SUVs.

An ex­ist­ing show­room was de­mol­ished and an ex­ist­ing build­ing re­de­vel­oped for the new deal­er­ship opened late last year.

Mr McEl­lig­ott said it was state- of- the- art premises ar- riv­ing just as the Townsville mar­ket was show­ing the green shoots of re­cov­ery.

“We have just had one of the strong­est June months in the last five years,” Mr McEl­lig­ott said.

“We are happy and ex­cited about the prospect that Townsville is start­ing to see some green shoots of re­cov­ery.

“I think Townsville start­ing to get back on feet.”

He said ma­jor job- cre­at­ing projects were lift­ing con­fi­dence for consumers and busi­nesses. is its

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