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Long-serving Belfast Skoda dealer retires

Long-serving Skoda dealership RK Oliver in Belfast closed its showroom this month and handed the site over to property developers.

Dealer principal Ken Oliver is retiring. The city-centre business had represented Skoda for 26 years, but when asked by the manufacturer two years ago to relocate to a new site on the outskirts, Oliver says he decided against the £1m investment because of his retirement plans.

Belfast’s Skoda buyers have since been looked after by Meryvn Stewart, which also has Fiat and Alfa Romeo franchises at its Boucher Crescent site.

Until recently, RK Oliver continued retailing some nearly new and used Skodas, and new Peroduas. It also sold Piaggio light commercial vehicles.

Oliver adds: "Skoda has been a good franchise over the years. We had it when they were regarded as noddy cars, and they’ve come a long way since.

"We’ve always done pretty well for sales, and Skoda has given us a lot of support."

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