FLORENCE, S.C. – The former Doug’s Harley-Davidson is gone after 35 years, but the shop lives on under new ownership as Black Jack Harley-Davidson.
The store closed July 20 under the old regime, longtime owners Doug Guynn and Sandy Broach, who opened the business in Alcolu in 1978.
"We had to borrow a lot of money, and had high interest rates," Guynn recalled to WBTW. "We worked our way through 90-day notes, and putting our furniture, car and everything up for collateral."
in the 1980s they moved the store to Florence.
"It was a very emotional day for me, and I was just so impressed with how many of our customers came by that have been with us since the Alcolu days for a full 35 years," said Broach. "There's just something about Harley Davidson and the product and the customers; everybody is just loyal to everybody else. It's just been a great ride, it really has been."
New owners reopened as Black Jack H-D July 26.
"We're the history, they're going to the future and I'm very excited for the new dealer," said Broach.
Broach's and Guynn's son, "Little Doug" will stay at the shop as the service manager, and they both said they will be back to visit for events and to see their customers.
Posted by Holly Wagner