Mercedes-Benz Dealer Northside Truck & Van has set the seal on the £1.5-million redevelopment of its Sheffield branch, which now features a smart and welcoming showroom aimed at retail van customers.
The Dealer has also refurbished the office and staff welfare accommodation at the facility on Ambereley Street, Attercliffe, and increased repair and maintenance capacity by 25% through a workshop extension that created space for two new bays.
Meanwhile, the Service Department, which remains open round-the-clock, seven-days-a-week, has introduced tachograph calibration and testing, as well as an MoT service covering vehicles in the Class 4, 5 and 7 categories.
Depot Manager Lee Snowball declared: “The investments we have made at Sheffield reflect our determination to keep vehicle downtime to an absolute minimum, and our commitment to providing operators with the ultimate ‘one-stop shop’.
“The new showroom, extended workshop and refurbished facilities mean that not only is the branch a more attractive place for customers to visit, it is also more efficient and comfortable for staff.
“The fact that our technicians work through the night also allows van and passenger transport operators to get their MoT tests carried out, and truck operators their tachograph work done, at times that suit them, so their vehicles are always available for work when needed.”
Lee added: “The feedback from customers who have visited our new-look dealership has been resoundingly positive – they appreciate the fact that we’re investing to make their lives easier.”
Northside Truck & Van sells and supports Mercedes-Benz vehicles and FUSO Canter light trucks from a network of seven branches across Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.
In February the company was crowned Mercedes-Benz Van Retailer of the Year at the manufacturer’s annual Van Academy awards, where it also won no fewer than five of the remaining 11 awards. At the corresponding Truck Sales Masters event Northside won the Mercedes-Benz Truck Sales Dealer and Mercedes-Benz Financial Services Dealer prizes, while Tony Birtwistle and Dave Brindle picked up the awards for Truck Sales Master and Used Truck Sales Manager respectively.
These successes came in the wake of a memorable 2015, in which Northside took the prestigious Apprenticeship of the Year title at the 2015 Motor Transport Awards – the road transport industry’s ‘Oscars’ – in recognition of its commitment to developing “the leaders of tomorrow”.