First Minister launches American motor franchise in Cardiff
2 October 2009 17:04pm
Wales' only Chrysler Dodge Jeep franchise has been officially launched in Cardiff by First Minister, Rhodri Morgan.
The deal to acquire the franchise was completed at the end of August, and represents an overall investment into the family-owned and run James & Jenkins Garages of £2m by owner and Managing Director Mark James.
The franchise has created an additional ten jobs at the Llandaff North operation, with the possibility of further jobs coming on line in 2010.
The acquisition of Chrysler Dodge Jeep was made possible by the combined success of James & Jenkins Garages well-established new and nearly-new vehicle sales operation, which has grown by 50% in the last eighteen months.
Strong performance by James & Jenkins approved Vauxhall and Renault after-sales operation in 2009, is proof that this division of his company is also reaping the rewards of the major investment and expansion programme which began last year.
Mark said, "I am absolutely delighted that the First Minister was able to visit the dealership in person to officially launch Chrysler Dodge Jeep in Wales, and take the time to chat to myself and some of my newly recruited staff. The company is now moving into what is definitely the most exciting period of its 25-year history, and I am confident that my decision to invest in the company has put us in a strong position to compete effectively to service the needs of our customers throughout Cardiff, South East Wales and further afield."
First Minister, Rhodri Morgan said, "I congratulate Mark on securing the Chrysler Dodge Jeep franchise for Wales, and on the recent success of his company. I wish him and his staff the very best for the future."
James & Jenkins Garages long-established relationship with the Cardiff Blues is also driving forward with the dealership continuing to support the Future Blues Development team by providing three sponsorship vehicles, which help the team in their effort to deliver their skills-based community programme to more than 10,000 children in the Blues region.
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