ARLINGTON, Va. — Arlington residents will soon have to say goodbye to the small business staple nestled in the Clarendon neighborhood. The news comes as the bike shop owner cited financial challenges.
The Old Bike Shop on North Pershing Drive has provided repairs to people who have been driving safely for the past decade. They also restore used bikes and sell brand new bikes.
The company states on their website that they aim to cater to people from all walks of life and provide a personalized experience that inspires a passion for cycling.
That homey goal will soon end with the closure of the store, which is said to be a cornerstone of small businesses in the area.
“Yes, unfortunately, it’s true,” Old Bike Shop owner Lawrence Behri said in a statement to WUSA9 about the rumored closure. “Business fell sharply last year to below pre-COVID levels, but expenses and commodity prices have never been higher, disrupting the delicate balance that makes this business viable.”
In addition to business issues, Behery also had some personal issues that made it difficult for him to keep running the store.
“I was also on my own caring for my elderly mother with cancer, which compounded the situation,” Behri said. “I am grateful for 10 incredible years and the support of the wonderful people in the community that have made this business Reality.”
The store is slated to close at the end of February, but an exact date has not been announced.