Our History - Established 1961
North Jacklin first started operating in 1961 as an Austin Morris franchise for 1½ years before acquiring the Datsun franchise for Mackay and District. On 2nd January 1963 business commenced with the introduction of the Nissan franchise at the Corner of Wood & Gordon Streets.
Many years passed and in 1996 the Chrysler Jeep franchise was introduced. The 18th October 1999 marked the retirement of North and Judy Jacklin after some 39 years of servicing Mackay and District. The business was sold with the existing 44 employees being retained. North Jacklin became part of the Pickerings Motor Group and co-owner John Nash became Dealer Principal.
North Jacklin expanded in September 2001 with the introduction of a second Used Vehicle outlet in Milton Street enabling the acquisition of the Jayco caravan franchise. After the redevelopment of the Milton Street yard in August 2005 the caravans were relocated onto the adjoining block and the used vehicle yard at Gordon Street yard was closed and stock amalgamated into the one Milton Street premises.
On 2nd July 2005 the Dealership committed to its biggest move yet by relocating New Vehicle Sales, Spare Parts, Service and Administration into a new purpose built facility at 49 Gordon Street, where they are still located today. With all departments under the one roof, the extra space provided us with the opportunity to expand the new vehicle area of the business with the inclusion of the Subaru franchise.
On 24th August 2007, we acquired a competitor yard at Kay Court, known then as the "Honeycombes" franchise. In September 2010 this yard was sold on to another member of the Pickerings Group, and now trades as River City Motor Group. The sale included the Chrysler Jeep franchise that had been moved to this yard in 2007 and also the Isuzu UTE & Volkswagen franchises, which John Nash had bought to Mackay.
Today, North Jacklin retains the Nissan and Subaru franchises at 49 Gordon Street and also the large Used Vehicle yard on the corner of Gordon & Milton Streets.