WHAT: Mayor Erin Stewart will hold a ribbon cutting for a new high-end car restoration business called The Paddock Classic Car Restorations, that’s located on Columbus Boulevard in New Britain.
WHEN: Friday, May 17, 2019 at 2 p.m.
WHERE: 285 Columbus Blvd., New Britain, Conn.
WHO: Mayor Erin Stewart Bill Carroll, Economic Development Director
Michael Donnelly, Owner
BACKGROUND: The Paddock Classic Car Restorations is located in an 18,000 square foot building that was a former Chrysler dealership. The business offers a full array of services to include complete restorations for unique and classic cars, a body and paint shop, machine shop, mechanical services, storage and consignment sales. Over the last six months, Donnelly and his team have been making extensive renovations to the building to make it ready for the grand opening.
“It has always been a passion of mine. I have owned classic cars since high school. My father was always working on classic cars, even though he was a surgeon with a busy practice and seven kids. I got the passion from him and actually own the 1949 MG TC he restored in the early 1970’s,” said owner Michael Donnelly, who previously worked in the software industry. “We’ll work on any car—both foreign and domestic. We aim to do everything under one roof.”
Donnelly added: “I’m grateful for all of the support and help I’ve received from the Mayor’s Office right on down through each department I’ve interacted with. New Britain is truly a business-friendly City.”
On Saturday, May 18, a public grand opening celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will feature a car show, the New Haven pizza truck, a jazz band from the Hartt School of Music performing on a unique Peter Pan Futurliner bus from the 1930’s, and a meet and greet and book signing by accomplished race car driver, television commentator, and author David Hobbs.
“We are incredibly excited to welcome The Paddock Classic Car Restorations to New Britain,” said Mayor Erin Stewart. “This is a very unique business that will be a wonderful addition to our downtown area.”
The business currently employs five individuals; Donnelly says he expects to have 10 by the end of the year.
For more information, visit www.thepaddockcars.com or call 860-224-1888. The business is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and by appointment on Saturday and Sunday.
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