Sky Powersports, a motorcycle, ATV and personal watercraft dealer, has chosen Sanford as the site for its fourth store in Central Florida.
The company is targeting a vacant 3.22-acre parcel at the northwest corner of S.R. 46 and N. White Cedar Road. Sky Powersports bought the property for $770,000 in March.
The construction plans are still in the design phase, said Maverick Von Herbulis, general manager of McKee Construction Co., the project's general contractor.
McKee has yet to apply for city permits. Nevertheless, Von Herbulis said he thinks construction could begin before year's end and take approximately six months to complete. The 25,500-square-foot building will be tilt-wall with a pre-engineered metal roof.
Sky Powersports is an authorized dealer for Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Polaris with stores in Lakeland, Lake Wales and Longwood.
Nate Stickney, Sky Powersports co-owner with Roc Northey, told GrowthSpotter the men gambled on building a store in Longwood at a site where previous businesses had not been successful. The gamble paid off, however, and business has outgrown that store.
When Stickney started looking for an expansion site, he couldn't help but notice the growth of economic activity in Sanford.
"I do a lot of shopping and going to restaurants in the Sanford area, and I've seen a lot of development going on," said Stickney, who lives in Volusia County and passes through Sanford on his way to work in Longwood.
Stickney estimated the company will invest about $3.5 million in building and opening the new store. He and Northey hope to open for business by early Summer 2018.
"There are some motorcycle shops in that area with competitive brands," Stickney said. "If there are more motorcycle shops doing well there, we can find a way to do it too. Then we can all ping-pong off each other."
Sky Powersports, in business for 30 years, touts itself as having the largest selection of ATVs, motorcycles, personal watercrafts, scooters, utility task vehicles (OTVs), original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts, apparel and accessories in Central Florida. The Skypower stores have service departments where technicians are all certified by manufacturers, according to the company website.