Bright new era for Honda firm

Gri­er­son and Gra­ham open new show­room

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - MOTORS - Ad­ver­tis­ing fea­ture

Last week­end saw the grand open­ing of Gri­er­son and Gra­ham’s brand new, pur­pose built car deal­er­ship.

The event saw hun­dreds of friends, busi­ness as­so­ciates and cus­tomers, old and new, come in to be shown around the state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity.

Gri­er­son and Gra­ham can trace their roots back over 100 years and have an equally long rep­u­ta­tion for ex­cel­lent ser­vice and gen­uine cus­tomer care.

They are also the long­est con­tin­u­ous Honda dealer in the whole of the UK hav­ing started im­port­ing Honda mo­tor­cy­cles from Ja­pan even be­fore Honda UK ex­isted and then tak­ing on their cars in the 70s.

Di­rec­tors David Gra­ham and Mark Har­ris are the fourth gen­er­a­tion of the fam­ily busi­ness and some of the staff have worked there for 50 years.

“When it comes to ex­pe­ri­ence we feel we have more than any other dealer and now we have the fa­cil­i­ties to de­liver the best ser­vice pos­si­ble,” said David.

Mark added: “We took the de­ci­sion to build a brand new deal­er­ship over two years ago and have planned it metic­u­lously to en­able us to grow in fu­ture, with­out be­ing ex­trav­a­gant.”

Build­ing work started in April, 2017, with lo­cal firm David Hardie as the main con­trac­tor and numer­ous other lo­cal sub-con­trac­tors.

Mark said: “It was im­por­tant to us to sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses with the work and we are de­lighted to say they have done a great job.”

Over the open­ing week­end Gri­er­son and Gra­ham dis­played Honda’s flag­ship su­per­car, the NSX, in the new show­room. The £150,000 dream car is ca­pa­ble of 0-60 in 2.9 sec­onds us­ing a 3.0V6 and 3 electric mo­tors and at­tracted many ad­mir­ing eyes.

Per­haps not as glam­orous but equally im­pres­sive they also had the very lat­est ver­sion of their ever pop­u­lar Honda Jazz which many cus­tomers were more in­ter­ested in.

Vis­i­tors were given a tour of the deal­er­ship and al­though im­pressed by the show­room many were as­tounded by the new work­shop which is three times big­ger than the old one. It boasts all new equip­ment in­clud­ing an MOT sta­tion and tyre fit­ting equip­ment. One cus­tomer com­mented: “It is more like a lab­o­ra­tory than a work­shop.”

Mark said: “Many peo­ple thought we were just build­ing a new show­room but we are par­tic­u­larly proud of the new af­ter­sales fa­cil­i­ties. They will en­able us to give cus­tomers the best ser­vice in the quick­est time pos­si­ble.”

Al­though the new build­ing has been up and run­ning for a month it wasn’t un­til the old build­ing was taken down and the frontage land­scaped that the full ef­fect of the project was realised.

The build­ing acts as a fu­tur­is­tic back­drop to the cleanly fin­ished yard with am­ple cus­tomer park­ing and their en­tire used car dis­play out front, clear to see to pass­ing traf­fic.

Mark added: “We are de­lighted with the re­sult and would like to thank every­one for their com­pli­ments and kind words of sup­port.

“We’d also like to thank all our cus­tomers for their pa­tience dur­ing the project and rest as­sured that we are back to busi­ness as usual.”

Gri­er­son and Gra­ham’s open­ing event con­tin­ues un­til March 31 with spe­cial of­fers such as 0% fi­nance, up to £3,000 dis­count and £599 for five years ser­vic­ing.

From the left: Annabel MacGre­gor, Fiona Bruce, El­lie McCon­nachie, Darci Cum­mings and Brooke Turner

Help­ing hands

All smiles David Gra­ham, dealer prin­ci­pal at Gri­er­son and Gra­ham; David Hardie, head of the builders, Hardie Engi­neer­ing; Mark Har­ris, com­pany di­rec­tor of Gri­er­son and Gra­ham; and Char­lie McCreadie of Hardie Engi­neer­ing; at the show­room open­ing on Fri­day night

Cel­e­bra­tion David Gra­ham, left, and Mark Har­ris, right, both of Gri­er­son and Gra­ham with Vikki Thom­son and John Dodds from the Royal Bank

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