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From humble beginnings, Harley-Davidson celebrates 40 years in Faribault « Back to Search Results Featured Item!
Posted on: May 01, 2017
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The glistening, modern, 28,000-square-foot Harley-Davidson building on Interstate 35 in Faribault is a shining tribute to its former owner, Bob Hofmeister, but the dealership was not always as it appears now.

When Hofmeister purchased Faribault Harley-Davidson in 1977 − 40 years ago − the avid motorcycle racer and rider envisioned a future career for his children, along with a retirement career for himself.

The building where it all began was 13,000 square feet, located near the old Kmart site on the south end of Faribault. It was at the end of a dead-end road because Hofmeister insisted that “the best shop is found behind a rock,” according to current store manager Ben Young.

Faribault Harley-Davidson’s (FHD) 34 employees gathered for a group photo, each holding one of FHD’s numerous awards. While they did not know it at the time, the business was awarded another honor, winning the Faribault Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism’s 2017 Business of the Year award.

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