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