Van’s Harley-Davidson, an institution in the community since 1948, changed hands and its name Tuesday.
The business founded by their father, Vandeline Valovic, was sold by sons Jim and Paul Valovic for an undisclosed sum to Harley-Davidson/Buell of Utica, a division of Carbone Auto Group.
The new owners took over Tuesday, the day the business became Adirondack Harley-Davidson.
General Manager Glenn Schmidt said the current staff of 16 will be retained but plans are being pursued to move the dealership from South Main Street in Gloversville to a high-traffic area either on or close to the major routes through the county.
The new owners have said they are seeking property large enough to accommodate various events.
“It’s the next chapter,” said Schmidt, who also worked for the Valovics.
Van’s was known for the many charity events it sponsored, including an annual ride of enthusiasts that was a fund raiser for muscular dystrophy research.
“We are certainly grateful and proud of the Valovics,” said Fulton County Chamber of Commerce President Wally Hart, who credited the brothers for their commitment to running a community-minded business.
“We wish them well in their retirement and hope they have fun,” Hart said.
Hart said chamber officials are also excited about welcoming the new owners to the county.
While the business is expected to move within five years, Hart said, he is relieved to learn the new owners will relocate somewhere within the county.
“We look forward to working with the new owners,” said Hart, expressing hope Adirondack Harley-Davidson will be as community oriented as its predecessor.
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