A family business is creating new jobs with a major £200,000 investment in a Carlisle showroom as it takes on the Honda franchise in the city.
Stan Palmer is one of the most respected names in the Cumbrian motor industry and has been selling cars in the county for three generations since the 1950s. Adding the Carlisle Honda franchise to its portfolio will create around four new jobs.
The Rosehill showroom is undergoing a major refit and redesign to create a stylish environment to showcase the Honda range.
MD Neil Palmer is delighted to be embarking on a new chapter for the business started by his grandfather over 60 years ago.
“Everyone at Stan Palmer is very upbeat about us becoming the new name for Honda in Carlisle. We have been selling Hondas for 25 years in Cumbria so it’s a natural way for us to strengthen and expand our relationship with them.
“We’re giving the showroom a facelift which should be complete in April ready for the easing of lockdown restrictions. Everything will be new and reflecting the Honda brand with a modern, crisp feel to the showroom,” he said.
Stan Palmer already sells Honda from its Cockermouth showroom and its successful relationship with the brand has seen it regularly placed in its top 10 dealerships for customer service across the UK.
Stan Palmer, which employs nearly 50 people in Cumbria, also sells Suzuki and Isuzu in Carlisle and Ford in Bolton Low Houses, Wigton
Neil, 37, added: “Honda cars such as the Civic and Jazz are among the most popular in the UK with a reputation for quality and reliability.
“Anyone who has a service agreement with Honda just needs to get in touch with the car registration number. We have full workshop facilities here to carry on with any service plans and warranties. All of that side of the business is continuing as normal.”
When the showroom reopens in April electric cars are likely to be high on the agenda for many customers. Honda is committed to having a fully electrified range by 2022 with new models out later this year.
“Electric and hybrid cars are growing in popularity all the time. Cars like the Honda E which came out last year are getting a lot of attention with more models due this year,” Neil said.
The motor industry is hoping that lockdown restrictions for non-essential retail end next month as planned, Neil said, adding: “We look forward to welcoming old and new customers into our showroom when restrictions are lifted and until then a click and collect service will remain.”
- Honda owners are urged to contact Stan Palmer on 01228 276678 to register their details for the continuation of warranties and service agreements.
- This article was first published online on the Cumbria Crack website on 7 March 2021