KENORA, Ont. — After a brief ‘unofficial’ visit from the Kenora Police Service, a local businessman has removed a sign welcoming members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club to this quiet northwestern Ontario community.
“Well, they didn’t tell me to take it down, but they did come here and suggest what kind of people they were and suggest it was inappropriate,” Bill Johnson, owner of Kenora Husky Travel Stop, tells local media.
This morning the yellow mobile sign out front of his truck plaza simply reads: “Welcome to Kenora.”
The enterprising Johnson was not, however, the only Kenora merchant hoping to cash in on the Hells Angels’ convention currently underway in the sleepy resort town.
John Lugossy, owner of the Sunset Gallery, tells the media he has collector edition posters from the movie Easy Rider and a rare copy of a 1965 magazine feature on the Hells Angels, on sale for $250. The items have been prominently displayed in his window to attract the visiting bikers to his store.
“I think these guys will leave a lot of money behind, whether it’s here or not, but that’s good for the town,” he explains.
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