Indian Motorcycles shop moves to Lincoln

2013-04-21T03:00:00Z 2013-08-09T11:56:04Z Indian Motorcycles shop moves to LincolnBy MATT OLBERDING / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

Stop into the new Indian Motorcycle dealership just south of the North 27th Street exit on Interstate 80 and you might still see some remnants of the space's former tenant, a Quizno's sub shop.

For instance, General Manager Justin Vandevort has his office in the former drive-through window.

"You've got to have a sense of humor," Vandevort said, joking.

The shop, which used to be at the Nebraska Crossing outlet mall in Gretna, had to move at the end of December because the mall is being torn down so a new one can be built.

Complicating its plans was the fact that the shop had to keep operating continuously to hold onto its franchise, which is why it did a quick remodel job on the former sandwich shop space at 7100 Husker Circle.

But Vandevort said the dealership wouldn't be in the small confines of its current space for long.

The dealership eventually will take up the entire 5,000-square-foot building.

Construction is getting started on the unfinished south end of the building, which will be turned into an office, shop and storage area. Once work there is complete, the inventory will be moved there and the north side of the building will be remodeled into a much larger showroom.

Polaris, which makes snowmobiles, ATVs and motorcycles, bought the Indian Motorcycle brand two years ago, and Vandevort said the Lincoln store would be one of the first in the country to implement new design standards for layout, interior lighting and signage.

Polaris plans to roll out later this year the first new Indian Motorcycle model since it bought the company.

Vandevort said he expected the new dealership to be completed by late June or early July, although he will wait to do a grand opening until the new motorcycle comes out.

Though Indian Motorcycle was forced to move rather suddenly, Vandevort said he had known there was a chance the shop might have to move for a couple of years and already had been scouting out locations.

The North 27th Street spot was one that caught his eye.

"We kind of had our eyes on it for a couple of years, knowing we might have to move," he said.

Though the location proved not to be a good one for Quizno's, Vandevort thinks it will be perfect for selling motorcycles.

For one thing, it's a stand-alone building, which is something Vandevort and owner Rod Yanagida wanted.

Also, although it's farther from Omaha than before, it's still very easy to get to from there.

Vandevort said one of the big reasons the dealership moved to Lincoln rather than Omaha was because both he and Yanagida, who also owns Rod's Power Sports in south Lincoln, lived in the area.

But he said the move also made business sense, because it's easier to serve customers who live west of Lincoln.

"I think we're going to capture the whole state better from this spot as well," Vandevort said.

The Lincoln dealership actually is the only one in an area that includes Iowa, South Dakota and Kansas.

"We cover a very large area right now," he said.

Reach Matt Olberding at 402-473-2647 or molberding@journalstar.com.

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