Bike Doctor (137 West Broadway), one of Vancouver’s longest operating bike shops, is closing its doors, and will be hosting a blowout sale beforehand.
The urban-cycling store has been serving commuters in the Lower Mainland for nearly three decades, and is shuttering because owner Paul Bogaert has decided to retire. Bogaert shared that, ideally, he would have loved to sell the business, though no buyers have expressed interest.
“I am ready for a change, so we will move forward with a huge retirement sale,” Bogaert said in a news release. “It would be great if a buyer appeared during the sale, so the legacy of Bike Doctor can continue under someone else’s leadership.”
Bike Doctor’s retirement blowout begins on Thursday (July 26) and will offer up to 70 percent off all stock, including bicycles, bicycle parts, and accessories like clothing, locks, and lights. The shop will be closed until then in preparation. The sale will continue into September.
Bike Doctor opened in Vancouver in 1991, and was originally situated off the Adanac bike route. It offers a large selection of regular and electric bicycles, plus equipment and accessories, as well as repairs. Throughout the years, Bogaert has been active in bicycle, pedestrian, and transit-transportation advocacy, supporting nonprofit organizations such as HUB Cycling and Better Environmentally Sound Transportation.
“It’s been a great way to make a living,” he added. “I’ve met so many fantastic customers and wonderful friends, and I know that I have helped many become more active in their cycling lifestyles, but I’m excited to move on to a new phase in my life. Thanks to all my wonderful customers for their support over all the years.”