Another one bites the dust
Sunday was the final day in business for Kent Kawasaki in Kent, Wash.
Owner Tony Bjornsen cited the still-tanked real economy as the reason for closing the store after 35 years in business. Kent Kawasaki was also a Genuine Scooters dealer.
Kent Kawasaki was a dealer that understood and fully embraced the idea of customer service, something that is far too rare in the powersports business. In particular, they placed as much emphasis on serving and supporting the Genuine product line as they did Kawasaki motorcycles and Arctic Cat snowmobiles. Kent Kawasaki was the primary sponsor of the Westenders SC’s Tour di Mari rallies, beginning with the first.
Kent Kawasaki will be missed. Nearby Renton Motorcycles closed for good earlier this year, and there are whisperings that more Seattle-area powersports dealers could be going out of business by the end of summer.