LINCOLNTON, N.C. – Brisk business since opening in April 2012 is driving a major expansion at Iron Station Thunder, which bought an adjacent storefront to double its space.
“Business is doing really good. Lincolnton’s been a great location for us, and (our business) is just constantly growing,” owner Bryan “Rocket” McClure told the Lincoln County Times News. “From the beginning of the year, it’s really exploded. We already work seven days a week, and I think we now we could work 24 hours a day, with business being so strong.”
He closed in April on a deal for an antique store next door, and hopes to have an expansion that will take the shop from 6,500 sq. ft. to the business, giving Iron Station Thunder a total of 13,000 sq. ft. completed in time for a big rally next year.
The expansion will give the shop corner frontage to raise its profile. It will include a showroom at street level and an apartment that McClure hopes to rent out upstairs.
McClure believes the expanded space will also lead to new hires. “We just got to take it one step at a time,” he said. “The building’s not in very good shape, so we’ve got to spend a lot of money to bring it back up to where it’s in pretty good condition. We would love to have another mechanic, if not two more mechanics, but it’s just very difficult to find the quality of workers we need.”
Gray Stout of Stout Studio Architecture is currently working on the architectural drawings, and McClure anticipates the expansion will be completed by summer 2015.
“I’d like to have it open by Hog Happenin’ next year, but we’ll see,” he said. “It’s a lot of money.”
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