The Big Move !

Eleven years ago Ray and I set up our new business venture , a bicycle shop that we called Worldwidecycles . Our first location was  up a laneway just off market street in Clonmel . We stayed there for five years before relocating to Hughes mill on Suir Island to a new shop with more parking facilities . We spent six years in that unit which served us well . For the past year we have been considering a move again,  but it was the upcoming flood alleviation works which would make that location pretty much inaccessible for at least six months which spurred us into action . We had a look at a number of different units both within the town and in retail parks on the outskirts of Clonmel . A 2350 square foot unit on the corner Anglesea street and Dr. Croke place was the one that really captured our imaginations and we were lucky to be able to negotiate a good enough deal to make it a very feasible option for our business .

Once the ball was rolling it took less than four weeks to fit out the new shop and completely relocate our business . We had a huge amount of help from friends and family and there were some pretty long days put in . A 5am start to a 10pm finish was not unusual . Now that we are getting settled in , it’s great to see the reaction of customers who have all been very positive about our new store . We have substantially increased our stock and range of clothing , accessories , equipment and bike brands . We also fitted out a state of the art workshop with a huge range of Park tools and equipment  .

Here are a few pictures of the operation as it progressed ;

First the old shop :

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Every inch full !

 

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The clear-out has begun !

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2 friendly ghosts Peter and Jack enjoy a bit of space

 

And the new shop :

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A lot of empty space

 

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A lonely ladder in the workshop

 

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Stock starts to arrive

 

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Workshop is ready for action

 

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Workshop spares and accessories

 

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Bikes hit the shop floor

 

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The counter takes shape

 

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A lot of science in the move

 

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Feeling ‘tyred’

 

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A few bars to lean on

 

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Even Fran McNulty from RTE paid a visit

 

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One of the first bikes on the stand was for a very special customer , a King in fact !

 

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There are some very fast postmen in these parts

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The side at night

 

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A welcoming front door !

 

Looking forward to seeing you all in store soon !

 

Barry

www.worldwidecycles.com

 

8 comments to this article

  1. Aidan in Cork

    on November 15, 2010 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    Looks like a smashing shop with some lovely stuff! Continued good luck to you.

    Will drop in next time I’m in the area.

  2. Pat Quirke

    on November 15, 2010 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    Well done Barry. Great fit-out. Glad to be of help to you both:)
    Wishing you many years of success in the new store.

  3. Pat Murphy

    on November 15, 2010 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Looks amazing Barry – so much better than the work in progress I saw one morning when I popped in. I have no doubt that the professional friendly service that has stood ye in good stead for the last eleven years will serve you and Ray equally well into the future.

  4. Michael Clarke

    on November 15, 2010 at 4:34 pm - Reply

    The shop is looking well, great job all round and continued success to ye both.

  5. Andy Duncan

    on November 15, 2010 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    New pad looks really well Barry. Good luck to you and Ray. If I’m ever down that way I’ll call in although I can’t see a kettle in any of the pictures?

    By the way – I was up close and personal with that special Joe Dolan bike at the weekend. Its very fast!

  6. worldwidecycles

    on November 15, 2010 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    Aidan , Pat Q , Pat M and Michael , thanks a million for your good wishes and encouragement , much appreciated . Andy , we have that kettle and maybe even a mug of tea and a jaffa cake if your lucky , and the backing singer on that Joe Dolan would be well able to make that machine sing ;-)

  7. dermot

    on January 24, 2012 at 10:29 am - Reply

    Very groovey shop just around the corner form my village of Ballyporeen & just through clonmel thats actually the name of the birth place on my Australian passport.
    Now I need to ask you a question about my Campag Nuetron wheels

  8. dermot

    on January 24, 2012 at 10:30 am - Reply

    Make that Clogheen not clonmel as my birthplace

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