NORTH OLMSTED, OH (BRAIN) — Cleveland-area retailer Eddy’s Bike Shop has expanded its North Olmsted location, doubling in size to more than 10,000 square feet. It’s the second expansion for the store, which grew to 5,000 square feet from 3,000 four years earlier.
The expansion allowed Eddy’s to add showers for its bike-commuting employees, an elevated fit area, customer lounge and a new service area in the center of the store to foster customer interaction, said Jason Kuhn, who runs the North Olmsted location and does marketing for the four-store retail chain, which includes a 20,000-square-foot flagship store in Stow, Ohio.
Space for apparel has more than tripled, with full-size dressing rooms also added.
The expansion comes as cycling thrives in the Cleveland area, Kuhn said. Downtown businesses have begun hosting bike nights, and smaller downtown cycling advocacy groups have joined forces to form the stronger Bike Cleveland, he noted.
Recent strides made by CAMBA—the Cleveland Area Mountain Bike Association—such as the building of a 10-mile loop in the city’s suburbs, have had a direct effect on business at Eddy’s, with mountain bike sales growing by double digits, according to Kuhn.
“It’s a lot of fun being a bike retailer in Cleveland right now,” he said.