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Another one bites the dust

March 25, 2012
Kent Kawasaki

Kent Kawasaki closed Sunday, after 35 years in business (Orin O'Neill photos)

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.

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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. Favicon

  1. jprestonian permalink
    March 25, 2012 10:31 pm

    This really saddens me. I worked for a shop that closed within weeks of being named “Nashville’s Best Place to Buy a Scooter,” for the fourth year in a row, and it really does hurt all of us when a good shop just can’t pay the bills.

  2. March 26, 2012 1:46 am

    No doubt. I don’t know how some do it and others cant. Where I last lived there were a number of powersports stores, but the only one that stayed open had the world’s worst owner. He did not give half a weathered turd about the work done or the products sold – and he still had better service than the KTM boys across town.

    Behind Bars – Motorcycles and Life

  3. jon permalink
    March 26, 2012 2:54 am

    Sorry to hear this. I’ve been by Kent Kawasaki many times over the years. Puyallup Kawasaki closed a few years back also.

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