When the Harley-Davidson closed its doors in Berlin nearly six years ago, owner Spuck Bennett left another door open.

„We’re not sure how long it will be (closed), but we’re hoping when the economy turns around, people will be able to relax and enjoy riding motorcycles again,“ Bennett, who owns another store in Seaford, said at the time.

That door has officially shut.

Last month, his company, Spuck LLC, sold the 13-acre Route 50 property to an investment firm from Baltimore. The $3 million sale price was $500,000 less than what he paid for it in 2003.

Spuck had opened the Harley franchise in West Ocean City in 1998 and moved to the Berlin area in 2004. It shuttered in October 2010.

Bennett himself retired from the business in 2013.

Brad Gillis and Tom Knopp of SVN-Miller Commercial Real Estate handled the transaction. Randy Bendler represented the owner, who was described only as a Baltimore-based investment firm in a press release.

The new owner plans to lease the property, which includes a 25,000-square-foot building, to a new tenant and is willing to make exterior changes to make that happen, the release said.

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