Pearl District shop plans Tigard expansion
Western Bikeworks to open in Tigard Triangle in March.
A Pearl District bicycle shop is expanding, and its sights are set on Tigard.
For years, Western Bikeworks has operated out of Portland's Pearl District, selling gear and bicycles to avid cyclists across the Portland area. But the store is planning to open a second store in the Tigard Triangle this Spring.
The store's Tigard location will sell performance, road and mountain bikes and accessories out of the former Jeffrey Allen Home & Garden location, 7295 S.W. Dartmouth St., near Winco Foods.
Brandon Vaughan, Western Bikeworks general manager, said that his store is different from your traditional suburban bicycle shop.
For one thing, the company has applied for a liquor license through the Oregon Liquor Control Commission for its Corsa Cafe, the shops on-site lounge area, which offers sandwiches, smoothies, coffee and a selection of local beers and wines.
Everythings always more fun with a beer, Vaughan said.
Beer and cycling may not seem like great bedfellows, but Vaughan said that while people are waiting to get their bicycles repaired, or relaxing with friends, the café has proven popular at its Pearl District location.
It is a nice place meet before the start of a ride, or a push for people as they get done with a nice hard ride, knowing there is a beer waiting for them, Vaughan said. Well have races playing on TV, and it will be a fun way to relax and talk to buddies about that great ride they just had.
Vaughan said the Tigard location would offer plenty of local community events for cyclists, including talks with professional cyclists, a summer beer garden, and more.
'A vaccuum for bike shops'
The Tigard location is the first major expansion for Western Bikeworks since the company went from an online website to a brick-and-mortar store in 2011.
Vaughan said that more expansions are planned across Portland if the Tigard store proves successful.
One of the reasons why they brought me in was to get the current store in the Pearl on track and look at further expansion, said Vaughan, who came to the company a year ago. We had a fantastic year last year and decided that it was time to open a new location and offer something for the suburbs.
Vaughan said that the Tigard location is perfect for people coming in from across Washington County.
You guys are underserved in the bike community out there, said Vaughan. We were wanting to get down south of town (Portland) to be more convenient for customers down there. Tigard is perfect, because it is halfway between Beaverton and Lake Oswego, where there is really a vacuum of bike shops.
There are a handful of bicycle shops in Tigard area. Tigard Cycle & Ski has been a landmark on Southwest Main Street for decades, and Salem-based Santiam Bicycle opened a 10,000-square-foot storefront on Southwest Hall Boulevard near Washington Square mall in 2012.
Vaughan said he wants to bring the feel of a Portland bicycle shop to the suburbs.
Most suburban shops are small, with a limited inventory, Vaughan said. We want to bring downtown-style bike shops, with lots of inventory, lots of bikes, and the types of features you might find downtown, to Tigard.
The store will have 8,500-sqare-feet of floor space, Vaughan said, slightly smaller than its Pearl District location.
The companys Pearl District store gets customers from as far away as Salem, Vaughan said.
It's inconvenient to drive into Portland to take care of your bike needs, Vaughan said. There is a big gap in the Tigard area and we think we can also take care of our Beaverton and Lake Oswego customers with a store there.
Western Bikeworks is expected to open in March.