Virginia Beach-based Conte’s Bike Shop to open store at Amazon 2 headquarters in Arlington – The Virginian-Pilot

Conte’s Bike Shop will open a new store early next year in Amazon’s second headquarters at Metropolitan Park in Arlington.

Based in Virginia Beach since 2002, the family business has enjoyed a smooth, steady, and methodical ride since its founding as a small neighborhood bike repair shop in Newport News in 1957.

Co-owned by David Conte and Wayne Souza, the bicycle sales and service retailer has expanded its footprint throughout Virginia and beyond. Today it has 18 stores in total in Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Washington DC.

In addition to “HQ2” offices for 25,000 Amazon employees, Met Park will include retail, restaurants, green spaces, parks, and walking and biking trails.

It’s what makes the retailer of a wide variety of bikes, including its own 19fiftyseven brand, accessories, bike components and apparel, a perfect fit for the sprawling campus.

“Conte’s and Metropolitan Park go together like a hand in a glove,” Conte said of the business started by his late father. “We believe this will be a great place to share our passion for transforming people’s lives through cycling and further perpetuating our niche…”

Souza said he followed the headlines around Amazon coming to Northern Virginia.

“We knew this would be a unique opportunity to serve one of our home communities,” he said.

The city of Arlington has a rich cycling culture in place, but with Amazon entering the market, additional infrastructure and accessibility provides more protected bike lanes and indoor and outdoor bike storage. exterior of the new headquarters. The e-commerce giant also maintains its headquarters in Seattle.

Sandra J. Pennecke, 757-652-5836, [email protected]