A hugely popular, locally owned bike shop will close after four decades.
Stories of beloved local businesses deciding to close after a lifetime of doing business in the Hudson Valley have become all too common. The latest is a store that has been keeping Hudson Valley riders on two wheels since 1983.
Wheel and Heel says they will close shop in March after what they describe as “difficult circumstances”. The Wappingers Falls bike shop cites internet competition and supply disruptions for its decision to close the business.
Curiously, bike shops have been one of the businesses that have exploded during the pandemic. I know trying to find a bike for my son was a very difficult and expensive proposition two years ago when everyone was jumping on two wheels for safe outdoor fun when everything else was closed.
Because there are so many new cyclists on the track, bike repair activity has also increased. Wheel and Heel also had a fairly busy repair shop which I have personally visited several times over the years.
Wheel and Heel acknowledged that their decision to close was also based on personal circumstances.
We also need to give ourselves the time and space to take care of important personal and family matters.
Whatever the reason, the Village of Wappingers Falls will have another vacant business next month when Wheel and Heel closes on March 12. The building occupied by the bicycle shop is a former bank located in the heart of the village. Before Wheel and Heel moved into the space, I joked about buying the building and opening a huge brewery. It looks perfect for a business like this, with all the original details inside, including a huge bank vault.
Wheel and Heel encourages its customers to seek out and support other local bike shops. The company says its website will remain active as a resource for local cyclists and encourages past customers to keep in touch. Wheel and Heel will put its inventory on liquidation before it closes next month.
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