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16-08-2011, 13:07   #1
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August 16, 2011 - 7:30am
High-end car sales outlet says it will make announcement on Wednesday


BY ENDA CUNNINGHAM
There are fears for the future of one of the country’s biggest high-end car dealerships – Cunningham Higgins in Ballybrit – where doors are closed while a review of the business is carried out.
In a statement to the Connacht Sentinel yesterday, the owners said the business in the Briarhill Business Park has closed for two days to make a decision on its future.
“We, the directors and owners of Cunningham Higgins, decided to close the business for two days to allow an in-depth strategic look at the business and make a decision on its future thereafter.
“The retail industry including motor is in serious decline in Ireland and we, the directors of our business, need to decide if we commit more resources to the business to keep it trading through this recession or not.
“Right now the directors are in full control of the business, its assets including stocks and also the premises, which are owned outside of the company.
“Any decision on the future of the Cunningham Higgins Ltd will be taken by the directors and the directors only. We will make an official statement on Wednesday of this week in relation to the future of the business,” Niall Cunningham and Joe Higgins said in the statement.
A fortnight ago, their related business on the Tuam Road, a Mercedes Benz van centre, closed its doors. It’s understood most of the staff were transferred to Briarhill.
The businessmen are authorised dealers for Mercedes, and also specialise in prestige marques such as Ferrari, Bentley, Porsche, Rolls Royce, Maserati and Aston Martin.
Read more in today's Connacht Sentinel
http://www.galwaynews.ie/21010-fears...-closed-review

Can't say I'm surprised ... I doubt there's much demand for Bugattis in Galway at the moment. People are tightening their belts and sticking with Ferraris.
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I don't understand why they need to close for two days to discuss this. Surely if the business is on a knife edge they should be aware of it and already have all the brainstorming etc done.

Sounds like Cordils announcement a while back where they tried to blame the govt in advance of them going bust
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That business park is a curse anyway, dead as a dodo most of the time, can't be easy to sell cars like that in a godforsaken place like that.
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That business park is a curse anyway, dead as a dodo most of the time, can't be easy to sell cars like that in a godforsaken place like that.
And there is always traffic out that side so the location in general doesn't help.
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16-08-2011, 15:19   #5
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Briarhill can be a busy spot - some of the cafes that are there do well with trade from the surrounding areas. Aside from that, a garage of its kind (high end stuff) could in theory be out in the middle of the bog and people would still go there. Its not a passing trade type of thing (do you see western motors closing their (next) doors?)

Opening the Van center was always a weird one which I could never understand. Surely people with a delivery type of business wouldnt be opting for sprinters these days but rather going down the route of cheaper Renaults and so forth.

I bought a car from them years ago but when I wanted to buy again recently I found one of the directors to be most condescending and unhelpful. I am the kind of guy who if he's treated right will remain loyal to 1 garage. I ended up spending 30k elsewhere as a result...I can only wonder if I was the only one to suffer that... All that said I wish the business well for the sake of the staff and Galway having a official Merc dealer of the standard of C&H
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Yeah people would go to it wherever it was, but it's not an impressive place to be or anything, shoved behind Western Motors, and not like Monaghan's either who have their own kind of area to themselves. I worked in that business park for a long time and some of the shops might see 5 customers from one end of the day to the next, particularly the more high end/expensive shops, soul destroying stuff. I used to easily go hours without seeing one customer in there, which I'd imagine Cunningham Higgins would often do too. I'm surprised they lasted this long, I did notice last year they replaced the really high end cars (Ferraris etc) upstairs with more normal Mercs and BMW's, obviously were trying to appeal to a broadder customer base.

And the cafés do a good trade from yummy mummies bringing their little dears to ballet and the staff of the business park, neither group are likely to be popping in to check out a supercar.

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I don't think the banks are too keen to shell out moulah to a lad looking to finance a maserati at the moment.

Will the Mercedes franchise go back to Western Motors or are there other players waiting in the wings?
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Jeez the cynics are alive and well in here.

I get the feeling people gloat at seeing a high end business fail.

Its unfortunate that the demand for such high spec cars isnt there anymore.
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Jeez the cynics are alive and well in here.

I get the feeling people gloat at seeing a high end business fail.

Its unfortunate that the demand for such high spec cars isnt there anymore.
Who's gloating?
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Jeez the cynics are alive and well in here.

I get the feeling people gloat at seeing a high end business fail.

Its unfortunate that the demand for such high spec cars isnt there anymore.
If you mean I actually love the type of cars they sold back in the Celtic Tiger days, I knew many who bought fab flash cars in there, and would love to see them continue to do well through the recession, but unfortunately it is the type of luxury item that has been hit hard.
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Sad to see, but was always likely to happen. there is still a good market for mercs though you would imagine. Is there many people working in C&H?
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Now the rest of the dealers can be even less competetive.
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I bought a car from them years ago but when I wanted to buy again recently I found one of the directors to be most condescending and unhelpful. I am the kind of guy who if he's treated right will remain loyal to 1 garage. I ended up spending 30k elsewhere as a result...I can only wonder if I was the only one to suffer that... All that said I wish the business well for the sake of the staff and Galway having a official Merc dealer of the standard of C&H[/QUOTE]

I must have met the same guy! Always got my car serviced there and wanted to buy a car they had in stock, I asked him to look at mine with a view to trading in, he looked, said he'd call and i never heard another word. Like you i buggered off to Dublin and bought my car there and found somewhere else to do the servicing as well

That aside, i'd hate to see more jobs being lost int own so hopefully something can be pulled out of the bag.
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I bought a car from them years ago but when I wanted to buy again recently I found one of the directors to be most condescending and unhelpful. I am the kind of guy who if he's treated right will remain loyal to 1 garage. I ended up spending 30k elsewhere as a result...I can only wonder if I was the only one to suffer that... All that said I wish the business well for the sake of the staff and Galway having a official Merc dealer of the standard of C&H
I have exchanged some correspondence with a director & I was not impressed. Incredibly arrogant.

Sales of Ferraris have grown in the UK recently & supercar sales are doing well. The new McLaren will command a 50K premium over list price.
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Well...if there are 3 of us who've had that problem on one thread on boards.ie then I wouldn't be surprised if it was an ongoing thing. Generally I vote with my feet...I presume the other 2 posters did aswell.

It's a pity - outside of Dublin there's not much going for the higher end of cars...we'll find out tomorrow anyhow but for the sake of people loosing jobs - I hope the doors remain open and perhaps Joe or Niall takes time to review this thread and take on board some feedback.
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