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Wheelhouse Detroit to open second location

Published May 12, 2016

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (BRAIN) — Retailer Kelli Kavanaugh will open her second shop in the Detroit metro area in mid-June. Wheelhouse Detroit's new store is located in Hamtramck, which lies about six miles north of Detroit.

"The new, larger store will have 2,600 square feet of space to showcase bicycles, accessories and active wear," said Kavanaugh, who opened the original Wheelhouse Detroit store in the city's Rivertown area in 2008.

"We see the two Wheelhouse locations complementing one another. The Riverfront spot will continue to be the anchor for Greater Downtown residents and workers and will serve as the primary spot for tours and rentals."

The new store will highlight brands that are made in the USA and feature products that are unavailable elsewhere in the metro Detroit region. Wheelhouse Detroit carries Detroit Bikes, Sun Bicycles, Kona, Brooklyn Bicycle Co., Origin8 and Opus, and an array of accessories. Both locations will include full-service repair departments.

Wheelhouse will be Hamtramck's only bike shop, and is located on the Inner Circle Greenway. The 26-mile pathway will eventually encircle the city of Detroit while passing through Hamtramck, Highland Park and some of Dearborn.

"We are so excited to welcome Wheelhouse to Hamtramck's Main Street, Jos. Campau," said Karen Majewski mayor of Hamtramck. "This shop will join other newcomers to the area including Detroit City Football Club, Bumbo's, Better Life Bags, Mom & Pop's Toy Shop, the Ukrainian Cultural Center, and the Hamtramck Historical Museum as well as the expanded Planet Ant and Bon Bon Bon."

Kavanaugh is working with numerous local businesses on the expansion, which is made possible with the assistance of Invest Detroit's Urban Retail Loan Fund and Technical Assistance Grant.

Wheelhouse Detroit is the only female-owned bike shop in metro Detroit. Kavanaugh sits on the board of directors of the National Bicycle Dealers Association and serves as the ride director for Tour de Troit, which produces the state's largest bike ride each September.

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