Miller Hughes unveils rejuvenated facility Miller Hughes Ford Lincoln celebrated its grand reopening with members of the community Thursday, in Cornwall. improve their properties, and by extension, improve their local communities.

Since 2006, approximately $3.1 million in assistance has helped to generate over $13 million in private sector investment in the city. “I would like to commend Shawn Malo- ney and his team for their ongoing commit- ment to the people of Cornwall,” said Mayor Bob Kilger. “This significant reinvestment not only creates a fantastic new home for Miller Hughes Ford, but it is also a concrete vote of confidence in Downtown Cornwall.” As part of the construction, Miller Hughes removed the old body shop building and separate Used Car centre to make way for more customer parking and clean sight- lines. This greatly beautified the look of the downtown care and fell in line with the community enhancement project “Heart of the City”. “The incentives available from our Mu- nicipality were a major factor in keeping our new facility where it has been for the last 56 years,” said Ellery Maloney, former dealer- ship principle. “Plus with the help of these incentives, we were able to totally clean up any environ- mental concerns.” “Miller Hughes has always given back to the communities it serves,” added Shawn Maloney. “We believe our success has stemmed from not only having great products to sell, but having and keeping great employees,” Maloney continued. “When your people are happy then they offer great service and we end up with satis- fied customers. It’s a great way to run a busi- ness.” Commerce and a member of Team Corn- wall. “Moving to Cornwall was the best deci- sion we ever made,” said Hargreaves. “The cost of living is so affordable that within a few years we were able to save enough money to buy the franchise.” The success of the Cornwall restaurant under the watchful leadership of Harg- reaves has not gone unnoticed at Kelsey’s. The Hargreaves were recently recognized at having the best increase in year to year guest counts over the entire chain of res- taurants. “I like to think our success is because we operate like a true neighbourhood pub,” said Hargreaves. “That means things like live music fea- turing local artists, supporting local sports teams andmaking sure our customers know that they’re appreciated and welcome. “Our staff are fantastic and a big part of that equation.”

As part a vital part of Cornwall’s urban core, Miller Hughes Ford Lincoln has joined the revitalization of the city by rejuvenating their landmark dealership. A trusted and respected part of the com- munity since 1956, Miller Hughes Ford Lin- coln is set to enter a new era with fellow Pitt Street businesses. “When we were considering whether we would move to a new location or renovate the existing dealership, we listened to what our customers had to say,”said Shawn Malo- ney, dealer principle at Miller Hughes Ford Lincoln. “The response was overwhelmingly in fa- vour for keeping the dealership where it is – in the heart of the city.” “It was obvious that the convenience and ease of doing business with us close to where our customers live and work is im- portant to them.” Construction began in June 2011 on the new Ford Millennium Facility program, which enhances the dealership with the addition of a Service Drive Thru, premium lounge and Lincoln showroom. This now represents the number one sales position that Ford has enjoyed in Canada over the last three years. Ford Motor Company of Canada, is com- mitted to introducing more sustainable choices into the design and renovation pro- cess, and increasing the positive impact be- ing made by dealers across the country. “The program results in a long-term re- duction in individual dealership’s carbon footprint”, said Mike Herniak, eastern mar- ket general manager for Ford of Canada. “By participating in the Millennium pro-

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The Miller Hughs Ford Lincoln dealership in Cornwall celebrated the unveiling of its rejuvenated facility on Pitt Street in Cornwall on Thursday. Pictured, from left, are Shawn Maloney, dealer principle; Ellery Maloney, former dealership principle; Mike Herniak, eastern market general manager for Ford of Canada, and Cornwall Mayor Bob Kilger.

gram, Miller Hughes Ford Lincoln is demon- strating its dedication to superior customer service and to maintaining green business practices.” Miller Hughes received approximately $300,000 in financial assistance from the Cornwall’s Heart of the City and the Brown- field Community Improvement Program to offset the estimated $1.2 million construc- The sign above the door says “Your Neigh- bourhood Bar & Grill”, and, as one might expect, the experience is new, bright and welcoming. The Kelsey’s restaurant in Cornwall, a landmark on Brookdale Avenue for 10 years, has had a complete makeover, courtesy of owners Kevin andWendy Hargreaves. “We wanted to make the restaurant a lit- tle bit more inviting and at the same time showcase our connection to the commu- nity,” said Hargreaves. “I am a big advocate of Cornwall and love the direction this city is heading. It was an easy decision to reinvest.” The immediate and most obvious change is in the new striking art that adorns the walls. More thanr two dozen large prints by lo- cal photographer Jason McNamara high- light Cornwall’s architecture, sports figures and history, and are a perfect complement to the new interior design theme.

tion costs. The majority of the funds were earmarked to deal with the remediation of some minor environmental issues with the site. Miller-Hughes Ford is one of the 150- plus projects that have received support through Cornwall’s community improve- ment programs, which are designed to encourage and assist property owners to “Rick McNabb, president of Kelsey’s, was here to check out the restaurant and he was really impressed with how the photographs celebrate Cornwall,”said Hargreaves.“It may end up being adopted as a best practice throughout the company.” The complete renovation project includes new furniture, new flooring, new millwork, new light fixtures, new HD TVs, and a new fireplace and granite bar top. The restaurant was closed while the work was done over a week period. “Closing the restaurant for a week left us with a fridge full of perishable food,” said Wendy Hargreaves, which the restaurant donated to the Agape Centre. Giving back to the community is nothing new to Kevin and Wendy Hargreaves. Since arriving in Cornwall in 2003, the couple has supported dozens of community events and groups. Hargreaves is a member of the Cornwall Kinsmen Club, treasurer of the Chamber of

Kelsey’s refreshes its Brookdale Avenue restaurant


Kim Ingram of Cornwall is the winner of “Win a dinner on us” contest published in The Journal's September 12 issue. She chose to spend her $100 gift certificate at Shoeless Joe's. She is seen here with co- owners Ayhan Ercenik (left) and Gokan Karakus (right). Thank you all for your participation!

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