Erie Harley-Davidson plans relocation, expansion

Publish Date: 
Mar 5, 2012

Erie Harley-Davidson is planning to move to a new, larger site, owners Kelly and Susan Lapping announced Saturday.

The couple had been searching for some time for a bigger site, and will move the store to a former Quality Markets building, also in Millcreek Township, Penn., this summer.

The 58,000 sq. ft. facility more than doubles the size of their current dealership, Kelly Lapping told the Erie Times-News. The renovation before the move is expected to cost about $2 million.

The couple plans to close on the building's sale in late March, with construction scheduled to begin in April. The Lappings hope to open the new facility in July for Erie's annual Roar on the Shore motorcycle rally.

"It's an ambitious schedule, and we're really excited about it,'' Susan Lapping told the newspaper. "It's great to see that the community support is just amazing and how many people are really excited about this move.''

The new facility will include a classroom with an outdoor training course for the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program; a meeting room for the local HOG chapter, a customer lounge and a 13,000-square-foot storage area where customers can keep powersports vehicles during the off-season. Kelly Lapping says plans also include more than 13,000 square feet for a restaurant and retail businesses, which will be leased through Passport Realty, of Erie.

Posted by Holly Wagner

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