Mike's Famous Harley-Davidson heads for higher ground

Publish Date: 
Oct 22, 2012

GROTON, Conn. – After two floods in five years, Mike’s Famous Harley-Davidson has had enough. The dealership is moving to higher ground – across the street.

Michael Schwartz, who has owned the store since 2004, recently bought the former auto body shop across the street for $1.45 million. The new site will have more space for the dealership, which has been in Groton 40 years and sells and services motorcycles, ATVs and PWC.

Mike’s H-D has lost tools, diagnostic equipment, parts, inventory and some customer bikes when six feet of water flooded the store in March 2010, according to Groton Patch.

The city’s zoning commission will hear the dealer’s request for a variance at a meeting Oct. 24.

Pennsylvania native Schwartz lives in Delaware, home of the first Mike’s Famous dealership (a Dealernews Top 100 Hall of Fame Dealer), and usually flies to Groton twice a month. He relies on general manager Lawre Casler to run the business on a daily basis.

Posted by Holly Wagner