Big changes are afoot for one of the capital’s long established businesses.
After 21 years in its current location on Buck’s Road by the court buildings, popular cycle shop Bikestyle is to move to the quayside.
Co-founder Gavin Quayle said the plan is to move from their current rented premises to the former market hall on North Quay, which the business has bought from Douglas Council for around half a million pounds.
Whilst one could say the wheels are in motion, the move won’t happen just yet as there’s still much to be sorted out first.
’It’s probably going to be the back end of the summer of perhaps into autumn,’ Mr Quayle said.
Existing tenants, the cafe and the butcher’s stall are still in situ for two or three months until the lease expires, then there’s quite a bit of work to be done on the building itself.
But once work is complete the building and its location offer huge potential.
’We are thinking of supporting a cycle to work initiative by offering secure bike parking for people who cycle in from out of town. Ideally it will be set up with round-the-clock access as well as lockers and shower facilities,’ he said.
Further plans include using some of the basement space to provide gym or fitness stations and possibly consultation rooms for services like physiotherapy or dieticians.
Everything available at the current shop will be transferred lock, stock and barrel to the new premises and one of the big advantages will be having the shop all on one floor rather than split between two as at present. There will be a large service centre with its own counter.
Plans also include a bike hire service and a new cafe.
’There is a coffee shop culture that fits with cycling and the emphasis will be on lighter, healthy snacks using local produce,’ he said.
’We thought the market hall would be ideal for that because of its location, and we love the building so we want to do it justice.’
Plans include cleaning up the building and possibly re-installing the LED down-lights to show it off to its full advantage.
’We are really looking forward to it because its something we have been dreaming of for ages. Everything seems to have fallen into place and it’s almost the perfect location,’ he said.