New tenants build on motorcycle tradition at former Van's H-D site

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Van’s Harley-Davidson may be gone, but the spirit of the Gloversville, N.Y., dealership is living on, with a successor store and a former employee planning to open his own shop on part of the site.

The Van’s site consisted of four land parcels. When brothers James and Paul Valovic sold the store to Carbone Auto Group in 2008, the company opened Adirondack Harley-Davidson on part of the lot. A remaining large parcel is to be subdivided into three separate parcels.

The city Planning Board approved the subdivision Tuesday after a public hearing on the project, according to the Leader-Herald.

Chad Whitman, who once worked at Van’s but started his own repair shop called Second Gear, immediately presented a plan to buy one of the lots from the Valovics.

Whitman hopes to open by April 1 and grow his business to employ a staff of two to five people. "In a couple years I'd like to build a nice shop there and be there for a long time," he said.

Adirondack Harley-Davidson's new, 25,430-square-foot building is being built on Bellen Road in Vail Mills, near the intersection of Routes 29 and 30. The buyers wouldn't be able to assume ownership until the new dealership location is ready, which could be as soon as this summer.

In April, Adirondack GM Glenn Schmidt told the newspaper the new site will offer a larger inventory of motorcycles, more PG&A and a bigger service area. The new store is expected to open in August.

Posted by Holly Wagner

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