New owner, new name for former Liberty Harley-Davidson

Publish Date: 
Feb 21, 2012

After 26 years in business, Liberty Harley-Davidson in Akron, Ohio, is operating under new ownership and has a new name.

According to local reports, Harley-Davidson wanted former owner Ernie Passeos to move someplace newer, bigger and more accessible from a highway in the greater Akron area. Passeos started looking for a new site after closing his Boston Heights location last March, but later decided to sell.

“I just decided not to build,” he told the Akron Beacon Journal. “I wouldn’t sell it to somebody who wouldn’t move it forward. I wanted somebody who would take care of my people. I know I made the right decision.”

Mike Davis, 47, a former airline executive, bought Liberty Harley-Davidson and renamed it Rubber City Harley-Davidson. He expects to relocate the dealership off State Route 8 in Cuyahoga Falls this year.

Davis and Passeos began discussing a deal back in October, and the deal closed Feb. 6.

Davis was one of three suitors for Liberty Harley, Passeos said. Rubber City Harley is his third Harley-Davidson dealership in Ohio. Davis in 2003 bought and opened Adventure Harley-Davidson, a Top 100 Dealership in Dover, and in 2010 bought and reopened Mad River Harley-Davidson. Mad River Harley-Davidson won the 2012 Top 100 Merit Award for best exterior.

Posted by Holly Wagner

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