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Harley Davidson may open shop in Dillon

Nicole Formosa
Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk

DILLON – Get your motor running. A Harley Davidson retail shop is among potential tenants of a shopping center developer Jim Walsh wants to build in Dillon Ridge. His plan to build the mall – which may also include a spa and a Chili’s restaurant – on six acres is before the town’s planning commission

“We’re very close to hammering out a deal with all three companies, and we haven’t even put a shovel in the ground yet,” said Walsh, whose partners are local developers Mark and Dan McCrerey.Harley Davidson’s home would be a 25,000-square-foot building it would share with the spa. Harley Davidson’s first attempt to move into Dillon was in November 2002, shortly after the town of Silverthorne denied the shop’s application. Dillon’s planning commission approved an application for the motorcycle dealer to open a shop in the Dillon Factory Stores.A breach of contract lawsuit between Harley Davidson and Factory Stores owner Sam Brown filed in April 2004 stalled those plans. The suit settled in July 2005.

Because of the length of time the store was involved in litigation, store owner Ken Allen now needs to get refreshed approvals from the Harley Davidson corporate office to build a new store, which Walsh said he is hoping won’t be an issue.”The demographics in this area since the last application have done nothing but go up. A lot of what Harley looks at is the demographics of the area,” he said.

Walsh hopes to break ground on the building sometime in April.Vail, Colorado

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