We opened for business September 13, 1989, after working for many years in our family business at Twin Ponds Golf & Country Club, we decided to start a new venture because of our love for riding motorcycles and snowmobiles.
When we first opened we offered Kawasaki ATV, Generators, Jet Ski Watercraft, Motorcycle, Larson Boats, Ski Doo Snowmobiles, Yamaha Generators, Garden Tractors and Snowblowers. We built our first 5,000 square foot building on Champlin Ave in Utica, NY next to Chenango Motors, which sold Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki. This location was close to Faxton St Lukes Hospital and just a 1/4 of a mile down the road from Utica College. This was an ideal location, offering people all the powersport choices in one area of town, shoppers were able to walk from one store to the next and able to view all the latest models, as well as clothing, helmets and accessories from all the manufacturers.
We quickly outgrew our space in a few years, luckily we had enough room to add a 5,000 square foot addition, doubling our size and adding a few more employees to keep up with the demand of sales and service. We added Kawasaki Mule Side x Sides in 1993 and with the popularity of Personal Watercraft exploding we added Yamaha Waverunners in 1994 to meet the demand. By 1996 we were so busy with Kawasaki ATV, Jet Ski, Motorcycle, Mules, Ski Doo Snowmobiles and Yamaha Waverunners we did not have the time needed to meet the demands of selling, servicing and rigging boats, so we decided to give up Larson Boats.
Bombardier (later Can-Am) introduced the Traxter ATV in 1997 and we were chosen in the first group of only 200 dealers in the U.S. and Canada. As we continued to grow we started looking for a new location that would better suit our needs.
In 2003 we sold our Champlin Ave store and started building a new facility at our present location. We opened for business on January 2, 2004 at 2100 Oriskany St W, Utica, NY. This is on the main corridor, Rt 5A, between Rome, Whitesboro and Utica, giving us much more drive by traffic and exposure. Our new store layout allows for a more open showroom and more display area for helmets, clothing and accessories. We have much more room for customer
parking, outside displays and test rides. We have a bigger service area for more efficient servicing and storage of customers units. We offer seasonal and year round storage of all the products that we sell.
Can-Am introduced the Spyder Roadster 3 wheeled vehicle in 2008, we added them to our lineup in the summer of 2009. Initially one model was offered, with 3 color choices, that has grown to now more than 40
between color, engine, trim levels and transmissions.
We opened another division, of Girmonde Enterprise, Inc, DDS Self Storage in August 2012. This offers our customers well lit, fully paved, secure, 24 hour access to self storage for their convenience. Storage unit sizes range from 5x10, 10x10, 10x15, 10x20 and 10x30, offering a wide range of prices and sizes. Easy access and centrally located close to the businesses, colleges and residential areas, this is a perfect location for this type of business. This is the first of 5 buildings that are planned for self storage.
We have a new franchise that we will be announcing in the coming months to further add to our broad range of powersport models.