DULUTH, Minn. – The local Harley-Davidson dealership is closing its PG&A store in Canal Park after six years operating in the tourist area adjacent to Lake Superior.
Dennis Kachelmyer, co-owner of Harley-Davidson Sport Center in Hermantown, opened the 2,500 sq. ft. store in 2007. “I thought Canal Park is a fabulous area, a tourist magnet. I’d be crazy not to try it,” he told the Duluth News-Tribune. “The summers were outstanding, but the off-season chipped away at all of that.”
The store will close by the end of February, and the remaining inventory will be sent to the full-line Harley-Davidson Sport Center, probably by Feb. 18, he said.
“We ran this gift and collectible store down there for six years,” Kachelmyer said. “The bottom line is it’s a great business in-season; it generates good income. But with the seasonality of Canal Park linked to tourism, the motorcycle-themed collectibles are not enough to support the store during the off-season.”
Posted by Holly Wagner