The Bike Store in Macon is moving across town.
The bicycle store is relocating from 4010 Northside Ave. to 1305 Linden Ave. in Mercer Village to join the march along College Hill Corridor.
The current Macon location is considered “a destination spot,” said Charles Reeves, manager of The Bike Store’s Macon and Warner Robins locations.
“People don’t just walk by — they go there for a reason,” Reeves said. “(The new location) might bring more walk-in business.”
The company is the exclusive retailer of Trek and Gary Fisher bikes in Middle Georgia, and it offers a professional bike-fitting service for cyclists, repairs and a wide variety of cycles, accessories and apparel, he said.
Renovation of the space for the bike retail and repair business is under way now and is expected to be completed by March 1.
The 3,200-square-foot store will be next door to the Georgia Public Broadcasting studio.
The space had been used by Mercer University for storage, and “quite a bit” of renovation is needed before the store can open. New water lines had to be installed for bathrooms and showers that would be used by commuters and employees who ride their bikes to work, Reeves said.
The company plans to organize group rides from the store, around the Mercer campus and downtown, he said.
The company, which has a total of five employees, now may add some part-time workers at the new store in the spring if business picks up.
The Macon store opened in 2007, he said. The Warner Robins store, in Galleria Suites at 4025 Watson Blvd., Suite 240, opened in 2001.
“We’ve got a few bike racks popping up around town, and with this new business opening, I believe we’re on our way to creating a cycling community,” Jessica Walden said in an e-mail. She is the director of communications and outreach for the College Hill Alliance.
Patrick Madison, executive director of the alliance said in a news release that The Bike Store is “indicative of our desire to promote a variety of retail uses that support the interest of the corridor’s students, residents and businesses.”
Mercer Village, at the intersection of Linden, Coleman and Montpelier avenues, includes Francar’s Buffalo Wings, Jittery Joe’s Coffee and Ingleside Village Pizza.
Recently, plans were announced for The Lofts at Mercer Village, a $10 million mixed-use development featuring student housing and retail space, including the Mercer University Bookstore. Construction of this project is expected to begin this spring.
To contact writer Linda S. Morris, call 744-4223.