Ohio Dealership Closes Its Doors

Publish Date: 
May 19, 2009

TWO MORE Harley-Davidson dealers have closed their doors in recent weeks, felled by the weak economy.

Perkins Township, Ohio, dealership Roeder Harley-Davidson, closed its doors last week, after seven years in business, according to published reports.

National City bank and the Harley-Davidson Credit Corp. have recently filed lawsuits against the dealership citing debt defaults of $2.5 million and $2 million, respectively, according to the Sandusky Register.

Owners Will and Julie Roeder also had shut down their original Roeder Harley-Davidson dealership, located in Monroeville, Ohio, which was opened in 1972, the Register says. That dealership closed in March.

The recent closures have Ohio locals worried about the upcoming this year’s Ohio Bike Week, scheduled for June 5-14. The Perkins Township dealership was the event’s biggest sponsor.

“We’re certainly affected. They are our lead sponsor. They are the ones who started all this,” Steve Ernst, the man behind Ohio Bike Week, told the Register. “At this point, we’re planning on things going forward as scheduled.”

Harley-Davidson/Buell of Auburn, Calif., also has closed, as reported by KCRA.com.