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Hawaiian retailer gains space, visibility in move

Published June 8, 2016

KAILUA, Hawaii (BRAIN) — The Bike Shop has moved its store in Kailua three blocks south to a more spacious and visible location. The retailer, which also operates stores in Honolulu and Aiea, has served Oahu since 1970 and Kailua since 1987.

“We love this new location. It’s right next to a bus stop, so as soon as tourists get off the bus they see our rental bikes,” said general manager Mel Nakahata, who has worked for The Bike Shop since 1986. “It’s a very competitive rental market and three or four other shops rent bikes, so we’re happy to be a little more visible.”

The 3,000-square-foot full-service shop caters to both locals and tourists and carries Specialized, Electra, Dahon and Norco. It rents cruisers and city, mountain and road bikes in all of its locations, and offers fit services and consumer clinics.

The Kailua location employs seven people, but Nakahata said he plans to add several more staff members to help meet demand in the new store.

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