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It’s always sad to see a bike shop go…
Bike business one of the oldest in the West; no plans to tear down building
By Heather May
The Salt Lake Tribune
Article Last Updated: 03/23/2007 01:35:09 AM MDT
Just when Salt Lake City wants more residents to commute by bicycle, downtown’s only bike shop – and one billed as the oldest in the West – has closed.
Guthrie Bicycle, 158 E. 200 South, shuttered at the end of January. Its Sugar House spot, 803 E. 2100 South, remains open.
While business has been slow since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, shop owner Richard Goddard said that wasn’t the reason for the closure.
Goddard’s family, which owns the building that housed the shop, was approached by a buyer. While the structure wasn’t for sale at the time, the family agreed to do it.
Because the building has been in the family since about 1931, the decision was difficult.
“I grew up in it,” said Goddard, now in his 50s. “I used to go down when I was 10 years old and count inventory at the end of the year. I started building bikes at the downtown store at age 12.”