The HOGs Are Coming To The Strip

vegas HDThe 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.

 

Motorcycle Bandit Pleads Guilty to Vegas Heist

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The son of a Las Vegas judge pleaded guilty Thursday to a casino heist for the second time in a week.

Anthony Michael Carleo pleaded guilty to armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon under a deal to avoid trial in the Dec. 9 robbery of the Suncoast Hotel & Casino in northwest Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.   Authorities said Carleo, 29, made off with almost $19,000 in cash.  The plea came days after Carleo acknowledged being the motorcycle helmet-wearing, armed bandit in the $1.5 million heist at the posh Bellagio resort last Dec. 14. Under the Bellagio plea deal, Carleo also pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon charges.

At the time, he apologized for waving a gun as he made off with casino chips. No shots were fired. Police said Carleo was apprehended after trying to sell several $25,000 chips to an undercover Las Vegas police officer.

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