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And another one’s gone and another one’s gone

January 26, 2013
Mt Baker H-D

Formerly Mount Baker H-D (Orin O’Neill photos)

This was a bit of a shock.

The empty storefront you see above used to be the location of Mount Baker Harley-Davidson. They shut the doors for good on October 31.

An article in the Bellingham Herald made mention of the owner and Harley-Davidson concluding there was simply not enough potential for sales growth to justify reopening in another location.

Yes, there’s a Harley store in Burlington, about 30 miles south, but still—a Harley dealership always used to be a license to print money. If that’s no longer the case, well, things must be worse than we thought.

Formerly Al's Honda-Yamaha

Especially since Al’s Honda-Yamaha also closed at about the same time. The closure was reportedly rather sudden. While both companies’ Web sites showed Al’s to be a scooter dealer, toward the end the only things you could find in the forecourt were Cub Cadet lawn tractors. Which are sold at Home Depot, probably for a lot less. Oh, and Labels is a women’s consignment clothing store. They’re sprouting like mushrooms in the ‘Ham.

Al's forecourt

Nothing left here…

I talk to many people who think a scooter revolution in the U.S. is just around the corner. But for that to happen, there need to be places for people to, uh, BUY scooters. Bellingham’s down to two. Favicon

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3 Comments
  1. January 26, 2013 1:31 pm

    Too bad our neighbors to the North can’t pick up a bike or a scoot while they’re down on a Costco run…these dealers would still be in business! Maybe even the Vespa dealer would still be around. ;^)

  2. January 26, 2013 3:04 pm

    Len, you’re probably right, but scooters being motor vehicles and all, they have to comply with local laws.

    If you are referring to the dealer that used to be in Fairhaven, well, let’s just say they had other difficulties.

    The owners of Ural Northwest have taken on Vespa/Piaggio and moved to a building closer to town, but that you didn’t know that may be indicative of their marketing efforts, so far…

  3. January 26, 2013 6:59 pm

    I have been to the Ural shop at its old location, but I didn’t know they had picked up the Vespa line. Not too surprising though that I was in the dark, I only get to Bham 2 or three times per year (I live near San Diego.) I would really like to live in Bham someday…

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