Car sales business on the move
Invercargill site soon to be historyCOLLETTE DEVLIN
A long-standing Invercargill car sales business is moving to Cromwell.
McLellan Motors on North Rd has been in business since 1988 and was previously known as Fraser Smith - a car yard that started in 1956.
Owner Grant McLellan said business in Invercargill was good but he was moving for a change in lifestyle.
He opened a Cromwell branch of the business about five and a half years ago and it was doing well, so he was going to concrete on that.
Businesses in the Cromwell area had benefited from a new race track, he said.
"Invercargill is a great place to do business and we have great clients and I hope we can keep them."
Two of his Invercargill staff would relocate to the Cromwell branch.
His brother David McLellan, who owns the site, started worked at the Fraser Smith dealership in 1957 and took it over in 1964.
He was staying "at home" in Invercargill and would sell the car yard land.
The number of vehicles the business sold and improvements in technology had been some of the biggest changes the business had experienced.
They sold about 18 vehicles when they first started the business and recently there were about 80.
"When Japanese cars first came to New Zealand I was against them but now I drive one," David McLellan said.
"When I started work there were only five car yards in the whole city now there are so many for a population of about 50,000."
- The Southland Times