Retail Roundup: Trek bike store, French bakery rolling in to Plainview
Bored people have been good for the bike enterprise.
In reality, new bikes had been onerous to come back by within the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic – and in some locations, they nonetheless are.
“We’re within the midst of unprecedented demand,” mentioned Eric Bjorling, spokesman for Trek Bicycle Corp.
The Waterloo, Wisconsin-based retailer will likely be opening a brand new Trek Bicycle Retailer in Woodbury Plaza in Plainview late this 12 months, he mentioned.
Additionally, The French Workshop, a Queens-based artisanal bakery, will open its third store, in Woodbury Plaza, in November, mentioned supervisor Theodora Christophorou.
Different tenants at Woodbury Plaza, 401 S. Oyster Bay Rd., embody Dealer Joe’s, Hole, Mattress Tub & Past, CVS and Banana Republic.
Based in 1976, Trek is a motorcycle producer, retailer and distributor. Its bikes are offered by 11 retailers on Lengthy Island, akin to Rockville Centre Bicycles and Sayville Bike Works.
However the Plainview location will likely be operated by Trek.
“The shop can have a variety of bikes and biking equipment, together with a full-service heart,” Bjorling mentioned.
Using a biking surge
The shop will occupy a 3,150-square-foot house that The Shoe Field vacated this 12 months, mentioned Matt O’Grady, a leasing agent for Colin Growth LLC, a Manhasset-based co-owner of the buying heart.
In March, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo declared bike outlets important companies that would keep open, whereas film theaters, bowling alleys, buying malls, in-restaurant eating and different leisure actions had been shuttered to assist cease the unfold of the virus. And plenty of staff working in nonessential jobs had been furloughed.
Cooped-up shoppers took their frustrations – and their bikes – to the streets, sidewalks and park trails this 12 months. Nationwide gross sales of conventional and indoor bikes, elements and equipment grew an unprecedented 75% to $1 billion in April in comparison with the identical month a 12 months earlier, in line with The NPD Group, a Port Washington-based market analysis agency. Sometimes, April gross sales are between $550 million and $575 million.
“It’s been a problem to maintain tempo, however we’re targeted on getting as many individuals using as potential and assist folks dwell happier, more healthy lives. Biking is an extremely vital exercise by way of well being, the atmosphere, sustainable transportation, and a much-needed supply of escape and rest throughout a troublesome time,” Bjorling mentioned.
LI’s second French Workshop
As for The French Workshop, it sells desserts, croissants, sandwiches and different objects, Christophorou mentioned.
Its first store opened in Bayside, Queens in December 2015 and the second opened in Backyard Metropolis in March 2018.
“All the pieces is baked on website. Recent baked each morning and all through the day, truly,” Christophorou mentioned.
The enterprise is owned by two households – the Pantelatos, which incorporates Christophorou, and the Zorbas, she mentioned.
Every household has had its personal Greek bakeries, and certainly one of Christophorou’s brothers skilled as a chef in what was previously The French Culinary Institute in Manhattan, she mentioned.
“And between the 2 households and the experience of the households, we had been in a position to develop this idea,” she mentioned.
The French Workshop in Plainview will occupy 3,840 sq. toes in Woodbury Plaza, O’Grady mentioned. The house has been used for short-term seasonal shops for years, he mentioned.
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