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Sunday 24 September 2017

70 years of car trade ends as dealer moves

Car dealer forced to move from Balbriggan but vows to return

Harford Motor Company have operated on the site in Balbrigggan which has 70 years of history in the motor trade
Harford Motor Company have operated on the site in Balbrigggan which has 70 years of history in the motor trade

John Manning

A luxury car dealers that has plied its trade in Balbriggan for the last five years is moving away from the town, ending a 70-year tradition on this particular site which has been used to sell and service vehicles since 1947 but will now be used to serve burgers.

However, Harford Motor Company are determined to return and make their move to Ashbourne a temporary one.

The family with roots in Lougshinny want to return to Balbriggan in a year to 18 months, all going well and have only taken the decision to move away temporarily after the site was sold by its owner.

The business rented the site on Dublin Street which has now been sold on to develop a new fast-food outlet and fuel forecourt, bringing to an end 70 years of car and at one point, tractor sales on this site.

General Sales Manager for the business, Mark Harford said the business got an indication the site would be sold about eight months ago and the news did come as a shock.

The business had quickly established itself in Fingal following a move from an earlier incarnation of the dealership in on Dublin's quayside.

Mark said: 'We wanted something close to home and this facility became available. We are from Loughshinny, just a few miles away and we would know a lot of people around here in Balbriggan and in Skerries. My brother lives in Drogheda now and I live in Donabate so we have connections all over the area.'

The sales manager said it was 'unfortunate' the business had to move away but said its plan was to move back to Balbriggan but it would take 'time and planning' to identify a suitable site.

In the meantime, they are not moving too far away, locating just off the N2 just outside of Ashbourne.

'We have built up a lot of loyal customers in Balbriggan, Rush and Skerries and I hope they will stay with us. We might be moving up the road but they will get the same great service they have always got,' Mark said.

He said the business was a popular one locally, particularly among school-children who enjoyed admiring some of its luxury cars through the showroom window.

Mark and his brother, Ian who is managing director of the business have uncovered details of the site's history and said cars and other vehicles have been sold there since 1947. Records show the first car to be sold on the site was a Morris Series BE in 1947, sold by LB Hughes and Hugh Scanlan and this week will see what is the last car sold on the site.

Ian and Mark and all the team at Harford Motor Company would like thank their customers for their continued support and look forward to welcoming them at the new location in Coolfore, Ashbourne.

Fingal Independent

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