Washington's Mt. Baker Harley-Davidson to close

Publish Date: 
Oct 5, 2012

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Mt. Baker Harley-Davidson will close at the end of the month, owner Greg Head has announced.

“It was a difficult decision to close. We’ve been successful since I took over in early 2010 due to fantastic employees and tremendously loyal Harley-Davidson riders.” Head said in a press release, “With our lease ending soon, we first considered a new and larger location. However, in working with Harley-Davidson, a market analysis revealed limited opportunities for further growth.”

The dealership is scheduled to close Oct. 31. Until then, it will offer free food from noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays, along with 25 percent off Harley-Davidson licensed merchandise, 30 percent off Wolverine boots, and other in-store discounts.

“The decision to close has been very personal for us since many of the employees and customers are considered close friends. It’s been a pleasure serving our customers and we thank them,” said Head.

Some of the dealership’s 10 employees are expected to be offered opportunities at other Harley-Davidson dealerships in the area, and all of the employees will receive assistance from the WorkSource Whatcom Career Center in seeking jobs and learning about available benefits and resources.

Since Head became owner of Mt. Baker Harley-Davidson, the store has supported numerous nonprofit organizations including Toys for Tots, Lighthouse Mission and Agape House, WomenCare Shelter, Boys and Girls Club, Whatcom Humane Society, Whatcom County Hospice Foundation, and the Ryan Stiles Celebrity Golf Classic, a fundraiser for the Burned Children Recovery Foundation, Head said.

Posted by Holly Wagner