South Carolina dealer buys Clayton County Harley-Davidson

Publish Date: 
Jul 1, 2014

MORROW, Ga. – The owner of Thunder Tower Harley-Davidson in Columbia, S.C., has bought Clayton County Harley-Davidson, the biggest Harley-Davidson dealership in the Atlanta Metro area.

New owner Gene Preston, who owns Thunder Tower with son Chris, bought the Morrow store from Coweta Harrison, widow of Clayton County H-D founder Charlie Harrison.

The dealership boasts a 60,000 sq. ft. facility on seven acres. It was founded in 1968 as Harley-Davidson of Hapeville and relocated to Clayton County in 1977 under the name Clayton County Harley-Davidson. Charlie Harrison died in 2009. Wife and co-owner Coweta Harrison ran the day-to-day operations until the dealership sold on June 26.

Preston and his wife wanted to buy a dealership in the Atlanta area, where they have a second home. While attending the national Harley-Davidson summer conference they met George Chaconas, who heads Performance Brokerage Services’ national Harley-Davidson and powersports division.

“I thank Coweta Harrison for the opportunity to represent her and the iconic dealership. It also gives me tremendous pleasure to assist the Preston family in accomplishing their goals,” Chaconas said.

From a press release