Aberdeen will see a Stutsman Harley-Davidson dealership in 2018.
A property transfer recorded Dec. 19 shows Brad Gebeke, who owns Stutsman Harley-Davidson in Jamestown, N.D., bought the former First Place Parts building at 717 385th Ave. S. for $ 565,000. That’s just off of U.S. Highway 12 on the western edge of town.
A local dealership has been in the works for several years, according to Stutsman General Manager John Seifert.
“I’m very excited,” he said by phone Wednesday. “It’s been 12 years in the making.”
He said he would share more details in the near future.
Stutsman Harley-Davidson opened a seasonal retail store in eastern Aberdeen in 2015. At the time, lead sales associate Hope Schnieder told the American News that if that store was successful, permission would be granted from corporate officials to build a full dealership.
The temporary store opened again in 2016, but not for this year’s Sturgis rally or holiday season.
According to City Planner Ken Hubbart, B&G Motorsports Inc., which does business as Stutsman Harley-Davidson, has requested a special exception from the board of zoning adjustment to sell vehicles. Because the property’s previous owner had the same exception, there’s no reason to believe it would not be granted at the Jan. 11 meeting, Hubbart said.
A building permit has been filed for interior demolition and preparation work for a future remodel of the former First Place Parts building.
Glacial Lakes Harley-Davidson in Watertown is the closest dealership to Aberdeen, followed by Stutsman in Bismarck. Other Harley-Davidson shops in South Dakota are in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Wall, Deadwood, Sturgis and Hill City.
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