PORTLAND — Big Moose Harley-Davidson is staying at 375 Riverside St., where it has been for more than two decades.
Last year, the motorcycle dealership announced plans to move to Narragansett Trail (Route 202) in Buxton. The proposal was recently approved by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.
But this week, Steve Reynolds, owner of the dealership, confirmed the business will remain in Portland.
“It had nothing to do with the town of Buxton or the DEP,” Reynolds said in an email Monday about his decision. “We have just decided that at this time to stay put where we are.”
A DEP document said the project Reynolds proposed in Buxton included buildings of 5,000 square feet and more than 17,200 square feet; patio area; 71 parking spaces, and 25 motorcycle parking spaces. The proposed site was adjacent to Reynolds Motorsports at 702 Narragansett Trail, a business founded by Reynolds’ grandfather.
Kandice Talbot, administrative assistant in the Buxton Code Enforcement Office, on Monday said Reynolds introduced the project to the town of Buxton last year and had appeared once before the Buxton Planning Board. The project received DEP approval March 26.
“There is no perfect location,” Reynolds, a Buxton native, said Monday. “(Riverside Street) has been a good location and business for 22 years. We are going to stay here and make the best of it.”
Big Moose Harley Davidson is staying at 375 Riverside St. in Portland after considering a plan last year that would have relocated the motorcycle dealership to Buxton.