The Future Is Bright for HB Cycle and Outdoor Centre

The Future Is Bright for HB Cycle and Outdoor Centre

HB Cycle and Outdoor Centre has seen many changes over the years, and has surpassed all of owner Phil Hodgson’s expectations. But if anyone assumes that the business is going to stagnate now, they would be dead wrong.

Phil and Linda Hodgson have never been content to sit still. The dynamic duo is always busy scouring the globe to bring back new and exciting products to offer their customers. As new products come to the market place, the Hodgsons are there testing and assessing them to see if they are something their customers would appreciate. In the past month they travelled to California to test ride a new KTM street bike, and Quebec City to check out next year’s Ski-Doo line up. At the RV show in Louisville, Kentucky this fall, Phil signed on no less than four new trailer lines including an ultra light-weight toy hauler the customers have been begging for.

For the first time HB Cycle will promote their own trailer show and sale at the Lindsay Exhibition grounds from April 11th to the 13th. This will be a great opportunity to kick off the RV season and get everyone thinking about spring.

After the trailer sale is put to bed, Hodgson is planning to pursue further expansion by possibly adding a small motorhome line and an expanded Spyder line up.

On the building side of things, the HB RV department has out-grown its facility and needs a bigger shop and an expanded parts area with space for an accessories store.

The marine side will continue to grow with the Sea-Doo customer base expanding every year. Although they currently offer a great line of Sea-Doo watercraft, Hodgson feels the watercraft industry is about to take a jump in sales. “With the development of the Spark line of Sea-Doo watercraft, suddenly everyone can afford to buy these machines again. We have sold our full allotment of Spark watercraft and there is still two feet of snow on the ground,” says Hodgson. “All of our manufacturers are developing exciting new products. With the lines that we carry, we will have an unending supply of fresh new things to bring to our customers.”

And of course, HB will continue to service all of the products they sell, giving buyers peace of mind in the knowledge that the dealership is there to conduct any necessary repairs.

In the near future, HB Cycle and Outdoor Centre would like to begin offering a storage option to watercraft and RV owners. “Our clients are busy people,” Phil explains. “They want to be able to drop it off at the end of a season and pick it up ready to go the next year.”

The Hodgsons also hope that they and their staff can make better use of their demos in the coming years by getting out and riding motorcycles, watercraft, snowmobiles and ATVs with their customers. “We got into this business because we love our toys and we get so busy we don’t have time to use them,” says Phil. They hope to start evening Sea-Doo cruises this summer and maybe even a bike ride or two.

With all of these new offerings and plans to grow the business, HB Cycle and Outdoor Centre still hasn’t forgotten the community of Lindsay. In the coming years they will continue to work with Kawartha Lakes Food Source and other local organizations to improve the city for everyone. “It is our way of showing appreciation for the support of our local customers, and the town where we got our start,” says Hodgson. “We’re proud to help out.”

Although no-one can see what the future will hold, one thing is certain. HB Cycle and Outdoor Centre will not stand still in the face of opportunity. With their faithful customers, dedicated staff, and a passionate leader in Phil Hodgson, the future is ripe with opportunity.

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