Dealer duo brings Harley-Davidson dealership to Florida panhandle

Publish Date: 
Oct 8, 2012

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - Groundbreaking is scheduled Oct. 12 for a new 38,000 sq. ft. motorcycle dealership to be named Panama City Beach Harley-Davidson.

The “Key West-style” building will feature an entertainment stage and a lighthouse on a sprawling five-acre parcel. It will offer new and used bikes, service, PG&A, bike rentals, riding lessons and more.

Co-owners Gary Bang and Preston Farrior hope to have the new store open by next April. The pair already own Harley dealerships in Tampa, Brandon and New Port Richey.

Panama City Beach’s Thunder Beach Autumn Rally, which will take place Oct. 9 to 14, was a major factor in the site selection. “It’s a good market; there are a lot of people that ride out there,” Bang told the News-Herald. “We expect a majority of business to come during these bike events as well as during the entire tourist season.”

Earlier plans to put a store in Panama City Beach were scuttled by the economy and later the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Bang said the business climate is turning around.

“We’ve had an uptick in business down here in the Tampa Bay market for the last year,” he said. “The economy has begun to bounce back.”

Images of the planned dealership are available on the Tampa Bay Harley-Davidson website

Posted by Holly Wagner