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Massive expansion underway at Tifton Harley Davidson

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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –A four and a half million dollar expansion at the Tifton Harley Davidson dealership will be unveiled in a few months.

Once the expansion is complete the Albany store will move most of its staff and inventory to Tift County.

Harley employees say this is the only authorized expansion for Harley Davidson this year, which is impressive when so many stores are going out of business or being consolidated. Harley workers say this new building is very unique including a party deck on the second floor and two huge LED billboards visible from Interstate 75.

If you're traveling on interstate 75 in Tifton, It's hard not to notice the huge Harley dealership on the hill. "Obviously you see all the construction and you think wow, this place is going to be something when its all done," said Harley owner Kevin Johnson.

On October 1st, the Albany Harley dealership will close its Dawson Road location and move to the state of the art building in Tifton creating a premier Harley Davidson super store.

For the past year, the Tifton dealership has undergone a major expansion adding more than 20,000 square feet which will make it four times the size it is now.

And it will boast some new features never before seen at any other Harley dealership. "There are lots of dealerships that have LED signs, but these are going to be the largest and the first that are actually attached to the building," said General Manager Keith Holden.

And it will be the first store with a party deck, great for live bands, parties and even meetings.

Employees hope this new store will bring all those folks in Albany over to Tifton. "We are bringing a lot of employees from Albany over to Tifton so there will be a lot of familiar faces," said Holly Neal-Ford, Marketing and Promotions for the Creek HD.

But store officials say closing the Albany store was not due to the economy. "The economy has affected everybody but that's not the reason for the consolidation, this awesome building is the reason," said Holly.

And while it was a tough decision to close the Albany store they felt they could better serve south Georgia by combining all the resources of the two stores under one roof.

Once those LED screens are up they will be used to stream video, commercials and even put up Amber Alerts for the community.

Also, if you buy a Harley they will take your picture and when you come up to the store and pick up your new bike, your picture and a congratulations will be put up on those screens so everyone driving along Interstate 75 can see.

Those screens will be put up in two weeks, before the other construction is complete.

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