Showroom work of art, says boss
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