UPDATE: City Bikes general manager Saul Leiken reached out to us this morning. He wanted the Capitol Hill community to know that City Bikes’ decision to leave the Hill came very suddenly. After trying to renegotiate their lease, Leiken tells us that on the evening of Monday, March 21, he was informed by his landlord that there would be no renegotiation.
Even though City Bikes would love to stay on the Hill and find another commercial space quickly, the time of year makes it hard for a business to move at this point. Leiken mentioned that even though he has been talking to Barracks Row Main Street executive director Sharon Bosworth regarding finding a new space, it wouldn’t be until winter that City Bikes might find a new Capitol Hill location.
Leiken added, “We love to do business on Capitol Hill.. and we have a built-in network of people [in the neighborhood] who appreciate buying local.”
Best of luck and we hope you find another spot soon!
We heard yesterday via Twitter feed from reliable source JDland that City Bikes on Capitol Hill, 709 8th Street SE, is closing its doors. This morning, we got confirmation that the last day they’ll be open is Sunday March 27, 2016. If you’re getting your bike fixed, don’t despair: you should still be able to pick it up through the week, as they will be packing up. But call first because they will be moving some bikes to their repair shop in Adams Morgan, located at 2501 Champlain Street NW.
Thanks to alert reader @darsal on Twitter, we also found out that City Bikes –in a poetic turn of events– is taking over a former Volkswagen dealership in Tenleytown: You can read more about it at Tenleytown DC, but it sounds like a great fit both for the facility and for the neighborhood, which recently had lost a Hudson Trail Outfitters.
The 700 block of 8th Street SE has another bike shop, Capitol Hill Bikes, open since 2000, as well as some very fancy neighbors: Rose’s Luxury has been a tenant in the block since 2014, and sister restaurant Pineapple and Pearls opened recently next door, in the former Homebody space. A reader who preferred to remain anonymous shared with us that the bike shop (City Bikes) had struggled to fit in the neighborhood, both in its inventory and its place in the Capitol Hill community.
When we confirmed the news that they’d be leaving, Chuck at the Capitol Hill location mentioned that City Bikes may be returning to the Hill at some point in time– they are looking for another location and hopefully there will be happy news coming for fans of the store.