Williamson Bicycle Works has closed its high-profile store at 640 W. Washington Ave. and shifted all its inventory to its other store at 3729 E. Washington Ave.

The store was closed on Tuesday, according to a sign on the door.

Owner Del Henning declined to comment on the closing.

Henning opened the West Washington store in 2003 in the space formerly occupied by Babe's Bar & Grill. The location had about 7,500 square feet for display, as well as room for storage.

Willy Bikes originally operated for eight years at 601 Williamson St. in Machinery Row. Henning moved the business to the East Washington location in 2002.

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Bud

I bought 2 bikes there within the last 2 years, 3 pairs of shoes and numerous accessories and I couldn't have been happier with everyone I dealt with there and the quality of the products. As a matter of fact I want to find ouout where some of the staff went b/c that will be my new bike shop if they stayed in the business-if anyone knows please reply. They always did adjustments on the spot when I'd come in to get something tweeked, they did the same for my wife's bike. They gave me a loaner set of wheels while they ordered a a part for my wheels, I had them for over a week. It was nice to ride down the SW bike path to get there.

Not sure if it's true but I heard a rumor the land lord wanted another restaurant in the space.

swarley

Wow what a surprise businesses closing..fashion bug just closed on the east side, PaPa Johns cut hours of it's staff, chilis announced it's cutting it's staff, Caterpillar closed up shop in Minnesota and laid off 119 workers.....HMMM and right after an election I wonder why? (sarc.)

einstein

Went to them for years on the old Machinery Row address. Then went to the one on E. Wash. and bought two things there. Both were faulty--one a bike rack and the other I forgot what it was. I did take both back and they refused to refund or exchange the damaged for a new one. I took the rack to the hardware store (Meikle's) who fixed it for free!! Never went back and I told my wife if they treat customers that way they'll be out of business. Glad to see it.

EmmaM

At the end of the article it says East Washington not West...

SoylentGreen

Correct - he opened the E. Wash store in 2002, 1 year prior to opening the W. Wash location.

Can't say I'm surprised nor disappointed. I've never had good service at either store. How they stayed in business as long as they have makes no sense to me. Del might be an ok guy but he's a awful businessman.

ballrude

I liked this store, always got top notch service and enjoyed the great selection. Sad to see this westside location close. I do not like the eastside store as much.

River

Hmmm

ttt3

Wonder how many bikes they had to sell a day to break even. I'm guessing "too many."

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