Harley-Davidson of Cool Springs wants to invest several million dollarsto build a new store in a new location but the local homeowners association is fighting the plan tooth and nail.
In this report by WZTV in Nashville, the owners of Cool Springs HD want to build a new dealership on 8 acres and install an amphitheater and become a “destination” dealership and that’s what nearby residents say they don’t want to happen.
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The principals of Las Vegas Harley-Davidson have announced plans to construct an $18 million dollar flagship dealership on the south end of the Vegas Strip, close to the iconic “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign, according to the Vegas Review Journal. The planned 50,000 square ft tw0-level building will replace the current 70,000 sq. ft store located about 2.5 miles from the strip.
Don Andress President, and Tim Cashman, Las Vegas Harley-Davidson vice president, said they have been looking for a Strip site for six or seven years but noted the per-acre cost of $30 million to $40 million was too costly.
The pair said they purchased this 5.25 acre lot for $8 million dollars.
Andress and Cashman project the move will boost revenue 20 percent over the current location with increased sales of new motorcycles, rentals, accessories and clothing.
Andress said 2012 total annual sales were about $60 million, which were 10 percent to 15 percent more than in 2009 when the economy suffered. Annual sales peaked at $80 million in 2005, a huge spike from sales of $3.7 million in their inaugural year in 1995, Andress said.
Nicole Marie Clawson’s 15 minutes of fame are just about over. On Friday the 39 year old was arrested in Lady Lake Florida for allegedly scamming dozens of victims in hoaxes ranging from pretending to be a nurse to shaving her head and pretending to be a terminally ill cancer patient. she has been accused of forging checks, and stealing jewelry from her victims.
Her act was so good she was able to lie her way onto the set of the biker reality show, Full Throttle Saloon. According to reports, Clawson told producers she recently inherited $40 million dollars from her deceased father and wanted to invest $1 million in the saloon.
The episodes that are airing now were taped in August and Clawson is appearing in several of them.
The producers of the show cooperated with Florida authorites and posted on the show’s website, “Clawson was filmed in August 2012 in Sturgis, South Dakota and has since continued a pattern of fraud and deceit. Clawson has gone by various aliases including Nicole Montanillie, Nicole Reasoner and Nicole Bott”
Clawson used her appearance on the television show as a way to scam individuals, including one man who confined to a wheelchair asked Clawson to marry her and buy her an expensive home. Authorities say she used the internet to meet potential victims online.
** Update May 13, 2013
Clawson pled guilty to the charges in Florida and was extradited to Georgia in April 2013 to face similar charges in that state. Reports are that investigators in Indiana and several other states are preparing to indict Clawson for similar crimes. Read the story here
(editor’s note* There is a new rally at the Union County Fairgrounds on the same weekend as Little Sturgis. For more info, visit www.kentuckybikefest.com)
The economy has done what the lawyers could not.
It’s put the brakes on the Little Sturgis Rally and Races.
Featured on national television shows and in every major motorcycle magazine in the USA, Little Sturgis was, at one time the largest outdoor display of flesh and motorcycle eye candy in the Southeastern USA.
It was so popular, the Chamber of Commerce of South Dakota sued the Chamber of Sturgis Kentucky claiming the small town was stealing it’s name.
Citing a drop in attendance and a huge operating loss in 2010, the Sturgis Kentucky Chamber voted today not to hold the 2011 rally, according to a well placed source.
The Chamber issued a press release that stated; “Due to various circumstances, the Board of Directors of the Little Sturgis Rally and Races for Charity, Inc cancelled its annual fundraising motorcycle event that was to be held July 14th-17th, 2011 in Sturgis KY. The Board of Directors thanks all the volunteers and participants over the past eighteen years that made it possible to raise over $2 million dollars for various charities and educational entities.”
(added 5:30pm) According to a report in the local paper, Board Secretary Lisa Jones said that the economy and the ongoing lawsuit with Sturgis South Dakota over the use of the name “Sturgis” is the reason the rally is taking a “sabbatical” and that it may return in the future. Both sides in the lawsuit have filed a motion to have the 2008 suit dismissed but that the suit is a “cloud” hanging over the Sturgis Kentucky chamber.