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Former Van’s Harley-Davidson employee plans own repair shop

March 6, 2011
By AMANDA WHISTLE, The Leader-Herald

GLOVERSVILLE - A longtime employee of Van's Harley-Davidson is planning to operate his own repair shop on a parcel of the old Van's site.

A plan to group the four parcels together that make up the longtime site of Van's on South Main Street - now Adirondack Harley-Davidson after brothers James and Paul Valovic sold the motorcycle dealership to a division of the Carbone Auto Group in 2008 - and then subdivide the large parcel into three separate parcels was passed by the city Planning Board Tuesday after a public hearing on the project.

Moments later, Chad Whitman, who branched off on his own with a repair shop called Second Gear at 434 S. Main St., presented a plan to purchase one of the lots from the Valovics.

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Adirondack Harley-Davidson, formerly Van’s Harley-Davidson, on South Main Street in Gloversville is shown March 3.
The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan

He said he hopes to open by April 1 and eventually grow his business to include two to five employees.

He said he will rent the property from the Valovics until it's sold to him. The .38 acre parcel Whitman is interested in includes a residence, garage, barn and storage building.

Planning Board officials said they'd like to have some additional details available on the site plan, including the number of off-street parking spaces, hours of operation, dimensions of the building to be used for business, as well as signage and lighting details.

Whitman said he won't be changing access ways yet, but in a couple of years he'd like to build his own structure for a repair shop there.

"In a couple years I'd like to build a nice shop there and be there for a long time," he said, adding that he'd like to eventually tear down the residential building and other structure next to the storage building.

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 Valovics said the properties may be available soon, but 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, Glenn Schmidt, general manager of Adirondack Harley-Davidson, said the new site will offer a larger inventory of motorcycles, more clothing and a bigger service area. The site is under construction and is expected to open in August.

Amanda Whistle covers Gloversville news. She can be reached at



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