Harley spinoff shop to close

Unfortunately, I have another store closing to report.

The Harley-Davidson Apparel & Gifts store in Canal Park will be closing within two weeks. The store, at 345 Lake Ave. S. — between Adventure Zone and Old Chicago — first opened in 2007.

No word yet as to why it’s closing except that the owners have chosen not to renew their lease.

The store is an off-shoot of the Harley- Davidson Sport Center at Stebner Road and Highway 53 in Hermantown, which announced the closing on Monday.

The store — which is nice — is still filled with a variety of Harley-related clothing, gear, signs and other fun memorabilia. Nothing has been moved out yet, but the remaining inventory will be moved to the Hermantown center by Feb. 18, a company release said.

Before the Canal Park store closes, it’s worth a visit. The blown-up old photographs that line the faux brick walls, serve as a homage and celebration to the Harley tradition and to company founder, Richard Kachelmyer who was considered the founding father of the sport in Duluth. Sadly, he passed away in 2001 with a procession of more than 100 motorcycles, most of them Harleys, honoring his memory.

Two of his sons have carried on the business.