New Haven Power Sports marks 40 years

Publish Date: 
Jul 16, 2012

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Family-owned New Haven Power Sports has expanded, and is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

The store’s recent 40th anniversary bash drew more than 100 people. The event offered food, drinks, door prizes and the chance to test drive a motorcycle.

David MacQuarrie started with a 5,000 sq. ft. building and a Suzuki franchise in 1972. Over the years, the store has grown to three buildings and 20,000 square feet, added Kawasaki and Vespa, and built a reputation as a source for Italian-made gear.

”It was quite difficult to become a dealer in the older days,” MacQuarrie told the New Haven Register. “They actually sell fewer bikes now. Then, the most expensive bike was $1,100. When I started, I wrote a check for $25,000 and the store was pretty full. Now we have about $3 million in bikes.”

The business has lost half of its counter sales because of the Internet, but its Internet sales have grown, he told the newspaper. The dealership's e-commerce business ships about 20 packages a day to U.S. and overseas buyers.

Posted by Holly Wagner