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Lemon and Barrett’s breaks ground for new site off W.Va. 14

Lemon and Barrett’s co-owner Rod Barrett takes a stab at turning dirt with a ceremonial shovel during a groundbreaking Wednesday at the business’ new location off Pettyville Road south of Parkersburg as, from left, Mondo Building and Excavating General Manager John Anderson, Mondo owner Mark Mondo, Lemon and Barrett’s General Manager Eric Barrett, Lemon and Barrett’s co-owner Paul Lemon and Wood County Commissioner Bob Tebay look on. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

PETTYVILLE — Ground was officially broken Wednesday for a new facility for a local business and what county officials hope is the start of a trend in development along West Virginia 14 south of Parkersburg.

Mondo Excavating and Building is constructing a 28,000-square-foot location for the Lemon and Barrett’s powersports dealership, which will consolidate its stores on Broadway Avenue in Parkersburg and Butcher Bend Road in Mineral Wells. The site is along a stretch of W.Va. 14 just south of Parkersburg that is being expanded to four lanes.

“I was in hopes that this road was going to bring in some development,” Wood County Commissioner Bob Tebay said. “This is a good sign that people want to be on this road.”

Lemon and Barrett’s General Manager Eric Barrett said the property off Pettyville Road has been part of the company’s plans long before the road expansion was announced in 2018.

The business obtained the land in 2007 with the idea of building there. But the economic downturn in 2009 put those plans on hold, and they acquired Devol’s Cycle Center and its Broadway Avenue store in 2010.

From left, Lemon and Barrett’s co-owners Paul Lemon and Rod Barrett, Mondo Building and Excavating General Manager John Anderson, Wood County Commissioner Bob Tebay and Lemon and Barrett’s General Manager Eric Barrett converse before a groundbreaking Wednesday at the new Lemon and Barrett’s site off Pettyville Road. (Photo by Evan Bevins)

Ten years later, work has started on a new, centralized location close to Walmart, Lowe’s and more “on the road to retail” in and around south Parkersburg, Barrett said.

“This Pettyville area’s opening up,” he said.

Lemon and Barrett’s employs nearly 30 people, all of whom are expected to transition to the new store when it opens in late October or November, Barrett said.

“We hope with the more exposure, the bigger retail space and the better location that eventually we’ll have to add staff,” he said.

The store itself will be 22,000 feet, with 6,000 square feet of warehouse space, Barrett said. Having one location instead of two will lower the fixed costs for the business, he said.

Lemon and Barrett’s sells motorcycles, ATVs and UTVs from manufacturers including Honda, Yamaha, Polaris, Suzuki and Mohindra Roxor.

The expansion of W.Va. 14 from two to four lanes will cover 1.3 miles, from Walmart to the Hino Motors Manufacturing USA facility, said Justin Smith, District 3 engineer for the West Virginia Division of Highways. The $9.7 million contract is nearly 50 percent complete and is expected to wrap up by Nov. 1.

Evan Bevins can be reached at ebevins@newsandsentinel.com.

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