Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

REDIRECT ALERT! (Scroll down past this mess if you're trying to read an archived post. Thanks. No, really, thanks.)

Due to my inability to control my temper and complacently accept continued silliness with not-quite-as-reliable-as-it-ought-to-be Blogger/Blogspot, your beloved Possumblog will now waddle across the Information Dirt Road and park its prehensile tail at http://possumblog.mu.nu.

This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.

Monday, November 24, 2003


Big bikes, big dollars--New Harley dealerships set for Trussville and Pelham
Gilbert Nicholson

Bill Peek remembers when he didn't have enough money to put gas in his car. So he and his wife spent the night at his Harley-Davidson repair shop in West End, with hopes that the next day's business would earn them a few bucks.

Three decades and plenty of persistence later, Peek, 52, continues with the venerable motorcycle maker but in a bigger way. The owner of Riders Harley-Davidson in Trussville on U.S. Highway 11 is building an estimated $5 million, 67,000-square-foot dealership behind the Cracker Barrel at the Trussville exit on Interstate 59. [...]
I think he has gas money now, too.
Peek has come a long way from working on motorcycles in his parents' West End basement. His revenue last year - from the Trussville dealership, a satellite shop in Pelham and his Oxford Harley dealership - topped $22 million.

His secret for success?

"Basically, persistence," Peek says. "Stay with it no matter what you're in, through the good times and bad times. If you get out in the bad times, you might miss the good times." [...]
For all of you who think government creates jobs and wealth, you might want to read those paragraphs again.
Construction began in February on the Trussville facility, which is set to open in January. The architect is Design Works Studio of California. The contractor is Four Star Builders of Gadsden. Financing was provided by Colonial Bank.

The two-floor building includes a 27,000-square-foot showroom, with the balance for repair and maintenance, a parts department, apparel sales, and motorcycle storage. A stand-alone 7,400-foot-building will store company vehicles and provide a venue for promotional events.

Peek says his 22 full- and part-time staff will grow to 35 with the move.

"We're the highest-volume Harley dealer in the state. We were just bursting at the seams," Peek says of his current 27,000-square-foot Trussville dealership on U.S. Highway 11. [...]
Indeed they are--some days it looks like Sturges out there. And on the weekends, the main drag through town is usually full of big groups of riders who meet there and take the nice drive up Highway 11 to Gadsden.

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