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Christy Wallace has taken over majority ownership of the Silverdale Destination Harley-Davidson store which is just opening a new location at 9625 Provost Road N.W. west of Silverdale.  The store was not supposed to open until January 2004, but favorable construction conditions allowed Wallace to open the 20,000-square-foot store ahead of schedule.’ - Photo by Jesse Beals
Christy Wallace has taken over majority ownership of the Silverdale Destination Harley-Davidson store which is just opening a new location at 9625 Provost Road N.W. west of Silverdale. The store was not supposed to open until January 2004, but favorable construction conditions allowed Wallace to open the 20,000-square-foot store ahead of schedule.’
— image credit: Photo by Jesse Beals

The forecast calls for thunder on Provost Road.

There will be blues and barbecue too.

Destination Harley-Davidson of Silverdale opened its new store Tuesday. The new showroom, its shine rivaled only by the motorcycles’ chrome, is 20,000 square feet of bliss for the Harley enthusiast.

The open and airy space is a bit smaller than its Tacoma counterpart, but is a destination spot nonetheless. Visitors can walk in the automatic sliding glass door and browse Harley-Davidson’s 2004 offerings. There’s a cafe to refuel and relax with a plasma TV for viewing.

“It’s worlds different,” said Russ Hueners, an 11-year employee of the store. He is one class from receiving his master of technology ranking as a Harley-Davidson trained technician.

The service area is well lighted and spacious with eight technician stalls. The store currently has four technicians. With the new facility, the store’s employee base grew from six to 28.

“I think our customers have wanted this for a long tome,” said Christy Wallace, who took over majority ownership of the Silverdale store.

“There’s a nice consistent flow,” she said of the store’s design, which includes a retail portion and and parts section. From barware to baby clothes, the store offers an extensive array of items with the Harley-Davidson logo.

Originally expected to open in January 2004, The store’s construction ran ahead of schedule due to the “phenomenal job” of the contractors, Wallace said.

“Everything has gone so smoothly,” she said.

The old store, a 3,000-square-foot space, was located on Silverdale Way just south of the Bucklin Hill intersection.

The Harley-Davidson retail store arrived in Silverdale about five years ago under the direction of Ed Wallace Sr. who also owns the Tacoma dealership and one in Oregon.

The store hosted an open house this week with festivities ending Sunday. A motorcycle run from the Tacoma store to Silverdale is scheduled Sunday. Music and a barbecue will be held Saturday, Sunday and every weekend thereafter. The facility has an outdoor bandstand and picnic area. The dealership also gave away prizes and had daily specials.

“December is a really exciting month,” Wallace said.

The store will continue its tradition of adopting a family for Christmas. This year’s family will come from Seattle Children’s Hospital and a wish list will be available for customers and employees to purchase items.

A “Men’s Night” is scheduled from 7-9 p.m., Dec. 11 at the store. Men can munch on food and do Christmas shopping for the women in their lives, Wallace said. A “Ladies Night” will be held 7-9 p.m., Dec.18.

On Dec. 13, the store begins its “12 Days of Christmas” specials.

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