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Florence, SC (WBTW) -

For as long as Doug Guynn can remember, Harley Davidson has always been a part of his life.

"My mom and dad rode Harley Davidsons in their late 30s, I have 3 other brothers who rode Harley Davidsons; I grew up with Harley Davidsons," said Guynn.

And because he loved Harley Davidsons so much, he decided to open up his own store.  So in 1978, he and Sandy Broach did just that; however it wasn't as easy as they thought.

"We had to borrow a lot of money, and had high interest rates," said Guynn.  "We worked our way through 90 day notes, and putting our furniture, car and everything up for collateral."

But by the 80s, business was good and the duo moved the store from Alcolu to Florence.  In Florence, the store continued to blossom until last Saturday, when they closed their doors for good, after 35 years in business.

"It was a very emotional day for me, and I was just so impressed with how many of our customers came by that have been with us since the Alcolu days for a full 35 years," said Broach.  "There's just something about Harley Davidson and the product and the customers; everybody is just loyal to everybody else.  It's just been a great ride, it really has been."

And although they're leaving the store behind, they both say that Harley Davidson will always be a major part of their lives.

"I just bought me a new 2013 bike and I plan on riding more," said Guynn.  "I enjoy people that ride Harleys and to be around them; they're a great crowd to be around."

They say that the shop will always be "their baby" and they can't wait to watch it grow as the new owners take over.

"We're the history, they're going to the future and I'm very excited for the new dealer," said Broach.

The shop will reopen under new ownership on Friday as Black Jack Harley Davidson.  Broach's and Guynn's son, "Little Doug" will stay at the shop as the service manager, and they both said they will be back to visit for events and to see their customers.

For now, Guynn and Broach say they're both excited and ready for retirement; Broach plans on travelling around the country with her husband, while Guynn plans on using his new free time to ride his newest bike.

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