CAROLINA HARLEY-DAVIDSON SIGNED CONTRACT TODAY TO RETIRE DEALER NUMBER AND CLOSE
Tuesday, Aug 17, 2010 6:20 pm
GASTONIA, NC, August 16, 2010- Carolina Harley-Davidson owner, DianeBaldwin and The Motor Company have entered a mutual agreement Tuesday to retire the
dealership effective October 15th, 2010. Diane told her management staff privately this
past Saturday of her intentions to retire and had a statement released to her employees
later that day. Many of the staff members were present during Diane’s tragic loss of her
late husband, Click Baldwin and compared this announcement to another death; however
members of her staff remain supportive and told her, “We are with you until the end”
despite their uncertainty of their future. Her staff comforted her and made the
announcement easier than anticipated. Click and Diane Baldwin began Carolina Harley-Davidson, Inc. twenty-two years
ago in a modest building with five employees in downtown Gastonia and have grown
into the current seventy thousand square foot building at 2830 East FranklinBoulevard with thirty-three employees currently with staffing as high as seventy-five.
After the loss of her husband, many speculated that she would close thestore or sell to another investor but the decision to continue operating solely was made.After two years and eighteen days Diane’s and daughter, Chelsea’s emotional journeywithout their beloved husband and father, have brought the two to the realization thislegacy is ready for retirement. Simply stated, without Click, there is no Carolina Harley-Davidson. Diane’s retirement plans at this time willfocus on selling the building and
sorting Click’s toys…“that in itself will be a full-time job” Diane stated. Diane plans to address her customers and the community next weekend at their
8TH Annul Bikes, Boogie & BBQ and now final event. With the retirement agreement
now determined between the two companies, the anticipated crowd and celebration is
expected to be great. Diane and dealer number 3479 areready to let the retirement
celebrations begin. Carolina Harley-Davidson in Gastonia has ranked in the top 25 highest ranking
dealerships over the years and been recognized in the Top 100 dealers in the power motorsports industry in North America. With over 600 Harley-Davidson dealerships world-wide, the dealership will always be known as “Unlike Any Other!”
September 19th, 2010 7:57 pm
This is a loss indeed. I met Click in passing but did not know him personally. I do however know of his reputation. RIP.
August 19th, 2010 7:48 pm
I hate to hear about this good luck Diane.
August 19th, 2010 10:13 am
I met Click in the early days when Greg Lindaman or Angel as we used to call him were running mates way back in the days of Stan's chopper house on south blvd,Yellow Rose Tavern and all that was the 70's. Click was a great guy then and never changed. Greg died in houston in the early 90's, flipped a ragtop vette and left us. So many have left. Iam sorry for your loss, a loss for all of us. Respectfully, Lurch
August 18th, 2010 4:59 pm
Hate to see this legecy end. Sure did enjoy riding with Click and his friends on Kyle Petty's Charity Rides. Carolina HD will be missed for sure.
August 18th, 2010 4:16 pm
Someone has got to keep it open, won't be any reason to go to Gastonia without the Harley shop!!! Be great to see someone like the Petty's take it over.
August 18th, 2010 3:55 pm
Sad to hear of the closing. Bought my present Harley Fatboy there in 2002. Wish the family well.
Danita Glover Pruett
August 18th, 2010 11:38 am
Our hearts are broken, we will miss Carolina Harley as we have missed Click.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Diane and Chelsea as they continue their journey without Click and Carolina Harley Davidson. Just remember that when one door closes another one will open... Keep the Faith!!
Love and Prayers
Danita and Jim Pruett
Frank Mc Gyver Auten
August 18th, 2010 11:03 am
Our prayer s are with the family ,,,, Click was a great man who took time out to spend time with me talking of a past sale of my bike and even though he didnt get the sale was i was so impressed with his genuine sincere thoughts of my needs . GOD BLESS FRANK
August 18th, 2010 8:59 am
WOW, 22 YEARS. WHAT AN IMPACT ALL OF YOU HAVE HAD ON SO MANY PEOPLE, IN
SUCH A FAMILY ORIENTED WAY. EACH TIME I CAME IN TO LOOK AND DREAM OF "ONE DAY" HAVING MY OWN HARLEY, IT WAS ALWAYS FUN, AND EVERYONE WAS
ALWAYS SO FRIENDLY, AND WEARING SMILES. THE LOSS OF CLICK WAS GREAT, AND I CAN ONLY IMAGINE HOW YOU FEEL. PLEASE KNOW THAT MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU THRU THE EMOTIONAL EXPERIENCE OF CLOSING HARLEY DAVIDSON IN THE GAS HOUSE. BUT I DO UNDERSTAND COMPLETELY, AND I WISH YOU GUYS A POSITIVE AND HAPPY JOURNEY. THANK YOU FOR ALL THE FOND MEMORIES!!!!!!!!!!!!
August 18th, 2010 8:36 am
So sorry to hear about this. I wish Diane and Chelsea the best of luck in whatever the future holds for them. Will definately miss all the fun times at Carolina HD. Best wishes and thanks for the good times and memories!!!!
August 18th, 2010 7:21 am
Oh we are so very sorry that you decided to retire. We will miss your store so very much. I have become close to a few of your employees and they to will be greatly missed. Hope you will enjoy your retirement. The best of luck.
mama ruth & tony
August 18th, 2010 1:31 am
We sill love yow things or bad and #%$@#&%$#@% talk to you soon Tony's bar aniverparty OCT 9th HOPE TO SEE YOW
August 17th, 2010 10:28 pm
I am so very sorry to hear that news. Click has been and is still missed, but I, like most folks I know, did not expect the dealership to close. Mrs. Baldwin and Chelsea, we wish you all the very best. May all God's richest blessings be with you.
Tim & Beth Boheler
August 17th, 2010 9:35 pm
Really hate to see this happen. Best of luck in the future. This is the only dealership that I trusted. We really liked everyone that works there the employees are very very nice. Everyone there worked with us in every way when we bought our bikes. Best dealer around. Lots of luck and like I said Hate to see you go. Best wishes Tim & Beth Boheler
August 17th, 2010 9:27 pm
I enjoyed working the poker run for several years and shopping at your store. You will be missed.
Uncle John & Janet Bridges,III
August 17th, 2010 8:34 pm
I am sadened to here this news. I remember befor the new building and my wife and I shopping for a "scoot" It was like family and this continued through the happy and unhappy times.Carolina Harley Davidson will be missed but not as much as all the Motor Family that has worked and played here. We will truley miss you all. Janet & Uncle John~
August 17th, 2010 8:14 pm
This is very sad news and I wish everyone at Carolina Harley-Davidson the very best!
August 17th, 2010 8:07 pm
Diane,, Good luck in alll that you do.
Allan & Cathy
August 17th, 2010 7:46 pm
Wish the entire Baldwin family the best of luck.I worked for Click only for a short time but you all mabe me feel like family.I hope that HD doesn't give it to another buyer.You all will be missed!
August 17th, 2010 7:46 pm
Im so sorry for your lost> Yet I had never been to your store I have heard lots about it I so wish you & yours the best of luck in your new life Always R