Give Scooterville Montana a call in the next few days and you'll likely catch a voicemail message from co-owner Nancy McCourt: Starting Feb. 1, the store will be completely relocated to a quonset hut at Flanagan's Motors on Stephens Avenue.
McCourt says she and husband/business partner Gary Stein began discussing a merger with Flanagan's owner Shannon Flanagan in December, and officially moved nearly 30 scooters and mopeds to the automotive dealership this week. Scooterville will still offer a full-service repair shop through Flanagan's, McCourt says, but the shop's mechanic won't be coming back.
“Sales were not good in ’09, and it’s anybody’s guess where the economy is going from here," McCourt says. "So while we expect to sustain, especially with this new blending of our business into Flanagan’s, this is just part of being cautious.”
Scooterville opened in Missoula more than seven years ago, and moved from its former downtown storefront to the current location on Brooks Street in late 2008—following a boom year for the business due to high gas prices. But facing a continuing recession, McCourt says she and Stein thought it best to change their business strategy.
“We just didn’t have the cushion to sustain the level that we wanted to work at, so we had to get creative as I think some of the best businesses out there are doing right now,” McCourt says.
McCourt adds she's looking forward to the opportunities a new space will provide, and says Scooterville will likely expand its line of accessories over the next few months.