A historic brick building on NE 10 off Automobile Alley will become an Indian Motorcycle dealership this spring.
The 12,000 square-foot brick building just west of the railroad tracks at 7 NE 10 has been owned by the Neighbors Coffee founders Steven and Fred Neighbors since the early 1990s.
Until recently, a garage for the Neighbors’ sprint car racing team inhabited part of the building. Les Debris, an antique and home furnishing store that briefly inhabited the front of building, closed in February.
Built in 1930, the building was once a Mack Truck dealership, Fred Neighbors said.
“If you look at the top of the building, you can still see where it says ‘Mack Truck’ on the side of the building,” Neighbors said.
The building’s industrial charm and central location appealed to new Indian Motorcycle dealer Scott Conway.
“I was really looking for a central location in the Oklahoma City area, and I like the historical nature of what Oklahoma City is doing with Automobile Alley and the whole renaissance of downtown,” Conway said.
Originally from Wisconsin, Conway and his family will run the Indian Motorcycle dealership, which will include a full-service garage. Conway hopes to have the dealership open by May 1.
Indian was founded in 1901 and its classic bikes are prized among motorcycle collectors. The ATV and snowmobile manufacturer Polaris Industries purchased the Indian brand three years ago and is in the midst of reviving the brand.
An Indian dealership also opened in Tulsa in late 2013.