Harley Davidson to open store on Main
Some time in early October, there will likely be an athletic-looking, gray-haired man on a motorcycle loud enough to wake John Lennon wearing a black Harley Davidson T-shirt with the print of a man riding a hog out of a mine shaft.
On that day, many are likely to ask, ‘Where did he get that shirt?’ The response from the rider will come assertively back, ‘On Main Street, my friend. On Main Street.’
After watching shops built in Salt Lake, Ogden, Sandy and Logan, Park City Harley enthusiasts will no longer have to drive 30 minutes to buy a new pair of chaps. Heidi and Joe Timmons, owners of the other stores, are bringing a Harley Davidson store to Park City, although a slightly tamer version than found elsewhere. The store won’t sell bikes, but will focus on clothing and collectables, including everything from leather to key chains.
"Instead of just the Harley Davidson logo on everything, like the back of the T-shirts, we will have special Park City-oriented prints," Heidi Timmons said. "We’re hoping to be open by the first of October, but things could change. It’s kind of hard on a remodel to know when everything will be done."
So far, Heidi said, the building has been "re-roofed and completed gutted." She said there are only a few things left to do, including the floors, cabinetry work, paint on the outside, some electrical work and the railings.
"We bought the building last fall, but honestly we didn’t think Park City would let us remodel during the busy ski season," she said. "With the film festival and everything going on we didn’t want to have construction going on in the middle of that."
She also said she and Joe had had their sights set on Park City for a while.
"We’ve spent many years up there skiing and putting money into the economy, and we just have a lot of customers from that area. We’re glad to be there."
Brian Brown, director of marketing for the Timmons’ stores, said corporate Harley Davidson is excited, too.
"Everybody back in Milwaukee was really excited for us to get into Park City because it is so well known across the country," he said. "Harley Davidson corporate is very excited, just as we are, about opening up the shop and being a part of the Park City business community. We’re excited to be a part of the city and the activities going on year round."
Despite not being allowed to sell motorcycles on Main Street because of Park City ordinances, Brown said he’s not worried about the success of the store.
"A lot of the Harley Davidson appeal is its merchandise, whether its collectables or clothing," he said. "It will be very convenient. And the store will have clothing lines that won’t be at the other stores, like commemorative shirts, Trunk which is a high-end brand Harley gave it’s license to as well as other things that might not cater to the typical owner, but cater more toward Park City people."
He said the legacy of Harley Davidson aligned with the heritage of Park City will be a great team.
"There are a lot of designs that reflect the mining heritage of Park City and the ski industry as well," he said. "Harley Davidson is pretty steeped in heritage itself, so if we could combine that with the heritage of Park City, that’s our theme."
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