A new Mercedes-Benz dealership in Co Sligo has been officially opened, with the creation of 20 full-time jobs.

The 20,000 sq ft state-of-the-art dealership, developed by Connolly’s Motor Group, is based in a building that had been standing vacant since the recession.

It will be one of the largest Mercedes in the country, representing a €4.5m investment.

Located in Collooney, Sligo, it will be the main Mercedes-Benz passenger car dealership for sales and after-sales services – covering the entire North West region.

The opening of the new dealership brings the number of Mercedes-Benz main dealers nationwide to 14.

Run by brothers Kevin and Neil Connolly, the Connolly Motor Group is one of the biggest motor groups in the country and already has Audi and Volkswagen dealerships in Sligo and Ballina, as well as the Audi dealership in Galway.

The facility in Sligo will have a ten-bay workshop featuring state-of-the-art equipment including four-wheel alignment and the latest diagnostic computers.

The dealership will also have innovative private customer work stations, which would include desks, free Wi-Fi, charging points and allow customers to do work while their car is being worked on.