Bright future for Sun City Ford – Invest Medicine Hat

Bright future for Sun City Ford


Invest Medicine Hat caught up with Pat Quinlan, one of the new owners of Sun City Ford (formerly Rodeo Ford), to discuss the growing dealership and what motivated them to invest in Canada’s sunniest city.

Serving a large area and living in a thriving, vibrant community makes Medicine Hat an attractive place for new owners Quinlan and Cliff Denham to make an investment and call home.

Since purchasing the former Rodeo Ford dealership in November 2016, Sun City Ford has added four new positions to continue to provide a top-notch customer experience to a service area of approximately 100,000 people.

In addition to three new sales people, a brand-new delivery driver job was added to help the staff of 45 people better serve customers living outside of city limits.

Auto industry veterans, Quinlan, Denham and his sons Brett and Davin own several Ford dealerships in Western Canada, including Sun City Ford.

As members of the local business community, they will be investing in Medicine Hat youth by making donations to local high schools and being involved with minor sports teams. Also, the dealership will continue its support of the Medicine Hat Tigers with the clock sponsorship and as season ticket holders.

“I think it’s really important to invest in our community,” said Quinlan, who is an advocate for shopping at locally owned businesses.

In fact, it was a coffee at Downtown Medicine Hat’s Inspire Studio, Gallery and Café with his wife that cemented their decision to move to the city. They both enjoy supporting the arts and seeing creativity present at the café showed them Medicine Hat is a vibrant and well-rounded city.

Situated on the Trans-Canada Highway, less than a one-hour drive to the Alberta-Saskatchewan border, the south-facing dealership sees an average of 29,000 vehicles daily.

Medicine Hat is showing signs of a strong community and the new owners of Sun City Ford are excited to be a part of it. Growing investment into renewable energy as well as an uptick in the oil and gas sector has made Medicine Hat an attractive place to call home.

The new year saw an increase in employment in Medicine Hat with the unemployment rate shrinking from a high of 14 per cent in July 2016 to 7.8 per cent in December. Additionally, employers in the oil and gas sector seeking out new workers at recent hiring fairs in January.

“Medicine Hat has been really good to us. We’re really excited about being here,” said Quinlan.

Indeed, with automobile prices remaining strong, a rebounding local economy, and an active community, Medicine Hat is a good place to call home.