old photo of 707 8th Street, SE by PoPville flickr user BrennaLM
From a press release:
“After 5 wonderful years on Capitol Hill and Barrack’s Row at 709 8th Street SE, City Bikes is moving to Tenleytown at 4810 Wisconsin Avenue NW. The shop will close its doors at 6pm on Sunday, March 27th.
City Bikes would have liked to continue serving the Capitol Hill community, however the existing space was a bit cramped. “We just love the neighborhood and people, and cherish the enduring relationships we built there, but both the indoor and outdoor space is our smallest of all the shops, limiting what models and sizes we need to show to really delight our clients” says Saul Leiken, City Bikes’ General Manager. “The shop performed well for it’s size, with sales increasing over 30% in 2016 over last year,” he added, “we were just getting too big for what the space offered.”
The shop will now move to its much larger upcoming Tenleytown location, which was originally planned as an expansion of the City Bikes brand. Leiken says City Bikes’ “lease on Capitol Hill is up at the end of March, and we had hoped to sign an extension up until just this last week, at more favorable terms given the limitations, to allow us to continue to serve the Hill’s biking community. Unfortunately, we were unable to come to terms on a lease extension, and our landlord informed us earlier this week that we had to vacate the building by the end of the month. We would much prefer a longer goodbye to the neighborhood and to our beloved clients, and encourage HIll bikers to visit us at our other locations in DC and Maryland.”
“City Bikes is thrilled to announce its newest location in Tenleytown, DC! Perched atop one of Washington, DC’s greatest hills near Fort Reno, City Bikes will open a beautiful new bicycle store to serve the residents of Upper Northwest now that the beloved Hudson Trail Outfitters has closed its doors. City Bikes’ traditional bike shop will be on the north end of the old Ourisman Volkswagen dealership, and DC’s largest electric bicycle dealership, ElectriCityBikes, will be on the south end. The stores plan to open in Tenleytown by the end of March, with a grand opening planned for mid-April. (more…)