The building on the five lane that was for many years known as Moondoggy’s Diner is now the home for a completely different kind of business.

Advantage Powersports opened its doors on Monday at 909 N. Main St. This new business is owned and operated by Sam Sturgill, who started Moondoggy’s at that location and still owns the building.

But Advantage Powersports is not another restaurant. Instead, this new business sells and services all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), go-karts, scooters or mo-peds and dirt bikes. It is the first time this building is being used for a business that is not an eatery of some kind.

Sturgill said the vehicles at Advantage Powersports are imported from China and therefore are less expensive than the better known brands like Honda or Yamaha.

“What we are doing here is trying to offer an alternative to the more expensive brands,” he said to The McDowell News.

For example, he sells an ATV made by Tao Motor for $1,950. A similar ATV made by Honda goes for $5,000, according to Sturgill.

“These are more affordable than the other brands,” he said. “I’m trying to reach the people who don’t want to spend a fortune on an ATV.”

He has scooters made by TaoTao and dirt bikes made by Tao Motor. All of the products at Advantage Motorsports are new.

In addition, this business will service what it sells. Sturgill said the former kitchen for Moondoggy’s will become the service center.

“If someone buys one from me and has trouble, I’ll be here to help them,” he said.

The vehicles come with a six-month mechanical warranty and a three-month electrical warranty. Advantage Powersports has all kinds of accessories like helmets, gloves, goggles and motor oil.

The inside of the building where customers used to sit and eat their food when it was Moondoggy’s is now a showroom for these vehicles. The ATVs will be out on display in the parking lot when there is good weather, said Sturgill.

After 16 years of running Moondoggy’s, Sturgill decided to retire from the restaurant business in January. After a few months of being closed, the eatery reopened later this year but under a different manager/owner from Asheville. However, this new Moondoggy’s did not last and Sturgill was left again with an empty building by August.

“I leased my building and that didn’t work out too good,” he said. “I got to thinking about ways to use this building. “We’re just testing the waters to see how it goes and we hope it goes well.”

Advantage Powersports is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on Sundays. Sturgill said a Website for the business will be online within a week. The address for it is www.advantagepowersportsmarion.com. For more information, call 559-0735.

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