ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Sales are up at Big Shark Bicycle Company since it switched gears and left the Delmar Loop. But is the trolley construction really giving businesses a punch in the pocketbook?
Big Shark Bicycle Company left its Loop location for a high-profile spot on Big Bend Boulevard near Interstate 64 earlier this year. Owner Mike Weiss says despite the construction confusion, sales were up 2 percent while his shop was at its Delmar location.
However, Big Shark Bicycle Company’s sales are up 12 percent at their new location. Weiss doesn’t blame the trolley for his store’s move, but says construction was “impactful” to his business. “When you’re tearing up a street to put in a trolley line, that’s going to leave a mark.”
Weiss credits the recent uptick in sales to more convenient parking space and location. Big Shark Bicycle Company’s Big Bend store is near Washington University, Clayton, the Central West End and Forest Park – all big biking mainstays.
“When we first moved east of Skinker, we were kind of a pioneer down there and it filled in,” Weiss says.”You would think with an increase in tenancy and neighbors, that’s going to be complementary, but we found that everybody was getting a little tight.” He adds the Loop now is suited more for revelry and boutique shopping, not cyclists.
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