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Motorcycle dealer's plans for Littleton sputter

Delkevic US planned to sell choppers at Lowell and Bowles, now not so sure

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Back to the drawing board.

A motorcycle dealer and parts supplier that bought the old Walmart Neighborhood Market in the Columbine Valley Shopping Center at Bowles Avenue and Lowell Boulevard in Littleton is likely backing out of its plans to open a used motorcycle dealership in the building, though it says it may have a tenant lined up.

Delkevic US, the North American division of British-based motorcycle and parts dealer Delkevic, announced plans late last year to open in the former grocery store at 3615 W. Bowles Ave. after buying the building last November for $2.75 million.

The dealership would offer “new and used bike sales, new parts, accessories, riding gear and clothing,” according to documents filed with the city.

“We're still undecided whether to go ahead with that project,” said Kevin Neesam, the CEO of Delkevic US, who spoke by phone while on vacation in Peru. “We have another place in Fort Collins we may go ahead with instead.”

The city is waiting to hear whether to move ahead on the project, said city planner Pam Hall.

“We're kind of in the dark on that project,” Hall said. The dealership would require a conditional use permit from the city, imposing conditions on operations regarding lighting and outdoor displays.

Delkevic currently operates at 2190 W. Bates Ave. in Englewood's northwest industrial corridor.

Neesam wouldn't disclose the possible new tenant.

It would be nice to see a grocer go into the 43,719-square-foot shop, which sits on 3.7 acres, said City Councilmember Patrick Driscoll, whose district includes the shopping center.

“It's unfortunate Delkevic is probably bailing,” Driscoll said. “It's a great little shopping center. A lot of my constituents wish it was still a grocery store.”

Three grocery stores have come and gone from the site in recent years, Driscoll said.

“It must just not work very well there,” Driscoll said. “It's too bad, because it's got a lot of parking and it's in a perfect location.”

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