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 :
Every inch full !
The clear-out has begun !
2 friendly ghosts Peter and Jack enjoy a bit of space
And the new shop :
A lot of empty space
A lonely ladder in the workshop
Stock starts to arrive
Workshop is ready for action
Workshop spares and accessories
Bikes hit the shop floor
The counter takes shape
A lot of science in the move
A few bars to lean on
Even Fran McNulty from RTE paid a visit
One of the first bikes on the stand was for a very special customer , a King in fact !
There are some very fast postmen in these parts
The side at night
A welcoming front door !
Looking forward to seeing you all in store soon !