Just over 6 years ago, we wrote an article on a new bike shop opening in Little Rock. In the article we asked, what happened to Giant Bikes in our market. Soon afterwards we learned that Arkansas Cycling & Fitness had picked up the iconic brand. Two and a half years later we wrote about the new shop opening on Main Street, a collaboration between Spokes and Orbea Bikes. Recently, we learned that Orbea was moving back to North Little Rock and that Spokes was closing down the Main Street location.
It seems that all of this comes around and the loss of a local bike shop downtown will turn into the addition of a bigger shop in West Little Rock. As a bonus, it will be a destination shop for all things Giant Bikes, one of the largest bicycle manufacturers in the world. So far, what we know is in the release we were sent this morning.
Saturday, July 31st, was the final day for the Spokes Little Rock downtown location. “With Orbea’s decision to relocate the company’s headquarters to North Little Rock in early August, we had no option but to close this location”, says Mat Seelinger, managing partner of Spokes Enterprises. “We are very proud of being part of the revitalization of Little Rock’s Main Street and we wish Orbea the best in their relocation to North Little Rock.”
Plans are currently underway for both a significant makeover of the iconic Spokes Kavanaugh location and the addition of new store in West Little Rock. Spokes Kavanaugh will see exciting changes in the coming months including the addition of Liv, the world’s first pure female cycling brand, which will be showcased in the Liv Experience Center featuring Giant’s Liv branded bicycles, clothing and accessories. The opening of the Liv Experience Center is planned for August 15th.
Additionally, Spokes Enterprises is very proud to announce the opening of Giant Bicycles of Little Rock scheduled for mid¬October of this year. Located in West Little Rock’s Pleasant Ridge Shopping Center, Giant Bicycles of Little Rock will feature the Giant, Liv and Momentum brands and include a state of the art service department to service all brands and cyclists in that section of town. “Giant Bicycles of Little Rock will be owned and operated by Spokes Enterprises and will bring Spoke’s signature hospitality and customer service to the west side of town,” says Seelinger.
Spokes is a full-service bicycle retail and service company offering a wide range of cycling products including the leading brands Giant, Cannondale, Cervelo, Felt and Electra. The Hillcrest store which opened in 2010 also offers repair, fitting and training services.