By Steve Sinovic / Journal Staff Writer
Monday, April 16th, 2018 at 12:02am
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The British Invasion is still going strong – on Albuquerque’s West Side, that is.
Two fellows named Scott Metcalfe and Scott Cloninger, both longtime motorcycle enthusiasts, are co-owners of a newly opened business called Triumph of Albuquerque, which will focus on sales and service and financing a customer’s dream ride.
Lovers of the British-made motorcycles will be happy to know that a new dealership is revving up again after a previous retailer closed up shop a while back.
“It’s a brand-new ownership group,” said Ben Nolte of the Allen Sigmon Real Estate Group, who, with partner Thomas Mortensen, helped broker the deal for the new business, which is located at 5201 Quail NW, a commercial space formerly occupied by NAPA Auto Parts.
“The site was a real eyesore,” said Mortensen of the roughly 6,000-square-foot standalone building that’s been empty for about five years. The brokers said John Kynor, a residential broker with Q Realty, connected the Allen Sigmon team to the two Scotts.
“The location is perfect,” said Nolte, who predicts the Triumph dealership will be a destination retailer for devotees of the brand. “It’s right off the freeway, so it should bring folks from around the metro area, as well as the state,” he said.
In addition to Metcalfe and Cloninger, who has also worked for many years as a motorcycle mechanic, the team hired six employees to provide “premium customer service,” Metcalfe said. He expects the business to do well in New Mexico, where the climate helps foster a “10-, 11-month riding season.”
“We love bikes; we both race,” said Metcalfe of the owners. In addition, “as a single-line flagship dealer, we intend to provide a very high level of customer service.” He expects the response to be “tremendous.”
Most of the latest Triumph models are on display, Metcalfe said of the dealership, which will sell and service motorcycles from classic used bikes to modern rides as well as purveying clothing and accessories to complement an owner’s machine.
The business has four demo bikes so customers can test a Triumph. A lounge is also on site for customers to kick back with a cup of coffee, check out the merchandise on offer, and watch videos while their rides are serviced.
“We have two different finance partners” for those Triumph customers needing loans to fund their dream machine before hitting the open road, Metcalfe said.
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