An Arizona powersports dealer is expanding his ATV and PWC empire with a new store in Lake Havasu City.
Eric Blodgett, owner of Bullhead Powersports and Parker Sports Center, is filling a void with the new ATV and watercraft dealership. Another dealer, Walt’s Motorsports-Marine, closed there earlier this year.
Blodgett got exclusive franchises from BRP and Yamaha for the Lake Havasu store, and other franchises may be available in the wake of Walt’s closure.
“It’s going to be a great facility once we move in, and it’s going to be huge for Havasu,” Blodgett told the Havasu News. He plans to be open for the International Jet Sports Boating Association World Finals Oct. 2.
“There’s a tremendous need. With Havasu being self-proclaimed as the personal watercraft capital of the U.S., there needs to be a great watercraft dealership in the town,” he says. “We definitely plan to be open by the start of the World Finals.”
The new shop already has a GM. Andy Nelson closed his Nelson Cycle to go spend time with family, but jumped at the chance to work for Blodgett. “Being self-employed is a large commitment and I was working 70 hours or more a week,” Nelson says. “I’m looking forward to spending more time with my family and working with this new company to help it grow.”
Blodgett is optimistic about the future if the new store. “This industry is poised to grow as soon as the consumer confidence comes back,” he says. “The need is there, the demand is there. Now, there just needs to be a great company there.”
Posted by Holly Wagner
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