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New Harley Dealership Hopes to 'Rev Up' Strip

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LAS VEGAS -- It's some of the most valuable real estate in Las Vegas -- five precious acres right along side the famous "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign. But, a Harley-Davidson dealership could turn a groundbreaking into a ground shaking.

Bikers helped kick up the first dirt for the first ever dealership on the Las Vegas Strip.

"We're very excited about this location," said owner Don Andress.

Andress said he has had his eye on this property for awhile. 

"There's 1,500 people a day [that] come to the sign. That's really gonna be an opportunity for us to bring in people and learn about our product," he said. 

One of those products played a starring role on Thursday, a custom-made soft glide -- which also caught the eye of Governor Brian Sandoval.

"It's a piece of art. Really beautiful; it belongs in a museum," said Sandoval.

The bike will be raffled and money raised will help pay for Nevada's 150th Anniversary celebration. 

A fitting tribute and one that Sandoval appreciates: the history of both the Harley and the Silver State.

"We look back proud of our heritage, pioneer spirit, but we also look forward," he said.

Forward to a multi-million dollar dealership, rental and store coming to life on a barren part of the Strip. 

"We're improving economically, housing values increasing. We're really proud of what's been accomplished in Las Vegas," Sandoval said.

The new dealership will replace an existing location on Eastern and Sahara. It's expected to have its grand opening on Oct. 31, which is coincidentally "Nevada Day." 

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