New Co Antrim service station creates 16 jobs in six-figure investment

Pictured are Connor Donnelly, owner of Donnellys of Rathkenny and Philip Smyth, business manager at Danske Bank.The new service station outside Ballymena has created 16 jobs in a six-figure investment.
Gareth McKeown

A FORMER Co Antrim car showroom has been transformed into a new service station creating 16 jobs.

Donnelly's of Rathkenny have developed the site located on the Cushendall Road outside Ballymena in a major six-figure investment, partly supported by Danske Bank.

The site had been derelict for five years when Donnelly's purchased the former car showroomin January 2016.

Planning permission was granted a year later, with fit out starting in January and lasting four months.

This work included creating a forecourt, installing new fuel tanks and introducing a hot food and deli counter along with a stainless steel kitchen.

The shop opened its doors to the public in early May and has already proven popular with customers due to its location on one of the main routes to the Glens of Antrim.

There are also a number of additional units on the site, which it is hoped will attract additional businesses to set up operations in the near future.

Company director and retail manager Connor Donnelly said they identified a gap in the market and the response has been "very positive".

"The old premises was a bit of an eyesore and I think people are glad something has finally been done to transform it. We're fortunate to have a number of additional units on site that are not being used. Our aim is to rent these out to other businesses, bringing as many services to the local area as possible."

Business manager at Danske Bank Philip Smyth added:

“The new store is a fantastic addition to the local area, bringing much needed services and job creation to the local community. The owners have done a fantastic job converting a neglected property into a store that will serve the public for many years to come.”

CAPTION: Pictured are (l-r) Connor Donnelly, Director of Donnellys of Rathkenny and Philip Smyth, Business Manager at Danske Bank's North Business Centre


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