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New service station near Ballymena creates 16 jobs

A total of 16 jobs have been created by the investment. Credit: MCE

A new all-in-one service station which has officially opened outside Ballymena has created 16 jobs.

It comes after a six-figure investment by Donnelly’s of Rathkenny, which saw the company purchase and refit a former car showroom on one of the main routes to the Glens of Antrim.

The shop opened to the public in early May and the owners say feedback from the local community 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,” Connor Donnelly, Director of Donnelly’s of Rathkenny, said.

“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.”

Philip Smyth, Business Manager of Danske Bank’s North Business Centre – which part supported the investment – said: “The Donnellys approached us with an urgent need for financial support after their previous bank had not been able to meet the timescales set by the customer.

“We were able to provide funds within one day and they completed the purchase of the building within a month of our first meeting.

“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.”