ERIE, Pa. – The new Millcreek Harley-Davidson store is officially open for business.
The store had a chain-cutting ceremony July 5, then co-owners Kelly Lapping and his wife, Susan, opened the new store to customers.
The cost to purchase and renovate the building was $3.2 million, Kelly Lapping said. Twenty-five contractors worked on the project, which took 80 days to complete.
The 60,000 sq. ft. facility more than triples the size of the Lapping's former 17,000 sq. ft. Harley dealership in Millcreek Township. Plans for the new facility also include 15,000 sq. ft. for a restaurant and retail businesses, which will be leased through Passport Realty of Erie.
"It's amazing to have the support of everyone,'' Susan Lapping told GoErie.com. "We've had customers who have been coming and helping us get moved. The customers love it. They are saying 'We think we're someplace else. We don't think we're where we used to be.' ''
The new facility includes a classroom, with an outdoor training course for the Pennsylvania Motorcycle Safety Program, a meeting room for the local chapter of the Harley Owners Group, a customer lounge, a larger service area and a 14,000 sq. ft. area for winter vehicle storage.
Posted by Holly Wagner