Loudoun MotorSports is closing after 20 years in business.
The motorcycle dealership, that carries Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, and Suzuki, will close June 30. They are selling their building at 212 Catoctin Circle SE in Leesburg to Ketterman’s Jewelers.
Greg and Elyzabeth “Liff” Voell started Loudoun MotorSports in June 1997. They were in their early 30s and looking for something different from their careers as an attorney and a sports marketing executive.
Elyzabeth Voell said that closing the shop wasn’t even on their minds, until they were approached by the owners of Ketterman’s Jewelers, who made them an offer to purchase the building. “It wasn’t even for sale, but it was just one of those situations where it became clear it was an opportunity we couldn’t turn down,” she said. “The time felt right on all levels—for our family, the business and our life.”
The Voells looked for other locations in Leesburg and Loudoun for the dealership, but they couldn’t find another one that would allow a commercial automotive dealership. Elyzabeth Voell said.
She and her husband are too young to retire, Voell said, so they may consider becoming “gentleman farmers” on their 30-acre property near Hamilton. They also want to spend more time focused on their two kids, who practically grew up in the dealership. Hailey attends University of Virginia and Drake is a student at Loudoun Valley High School.
Everything at the dealership will be on sale ahead of the June 30 closing.
Dan and Tammi Ketterman have operated Ketterman’s Jewelers in the Virginia Village Shopping Center since 1988. The shopping center is in the process of changing owners.
“The future of the shopping center as we know it is uncertain, which is why we felt it necessary to make this move,” Tammi Ketterman said. “I’m sure whatever they do here will be lovely, but we’re uncertain what it will mean for our customers’ access.”
The Ketterman’s team is working with architects, builders and the Town of Leesburg to solidify design plans for their new space. Ketterman said it might take three years to complete the transformation. “I’d like it to be sooner, but we want to make sure what we do is done well so that our customers don’t experience a chance in service.”