WHILE MANY DEALERS are feeling the economy’s tight squeeze, a Tempe, Ariz., scooter dealer has so much business he’s opening a second store in Chandler.
Owner Robert Walstrom says he has to open up a new 1,400-square-foot Scooter Invasion retail store and an adjoining 1,800-square-foot service center to keep up with demand.
The new store, which opened Saturday, is close to the two other scooter stores, Victory BMW/Vespa and RideNow, according to the Arizona Republic.
"My business has more than doubled in the Tempe store alone every year since we opened," he told the newspaper. "There's a big demand…and I see that in my store."
Walstrom says many of his customers want to buy scooters from mom-and-pop businesses like his rather than ordering products on the Internet with little if any service and support behind it.
"What I tell people a lot is that I'm selling something that I'm backing with my word," he said. "We're trying to hold to the ma-and-pa feel and not to franchise."
He says he has two companies that do financing for motor scooters, but even in hard times many customers may not need to use them.
"Everyone has a credit card nowadays,” he says. “And for $1,700, you can get a Taiwanese scooter with tax, license (and) registration out the door."