June 16, 2010 12:00

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Downtown greenway part of attraction for new cycling store in greensboro

Along with cary, Greensboro is one of the two North carolina cities to making Bicycling magazine’s “Top 50 Bike-Friendly cities” list. chalk up one more objective indicator of how amenable the Gate city is to cyclists: The arrival of chris Pieck from Wisconsin last week.

Pieck plans to open Trek Bicycle Store on Battleground Avenue near carousel luxury cinemas at the end of July after the end of the Tour de France. The future Battleground Rail Trail, which will eventually connect downtown Greensboro to Bur-mil Park and points north will run behind the store.

The new store is also near the northwest corner of the Downtown Greenway, of which the Warnersville section is complete. The greenway was only part of Pieck’s reason for picking Greensboro; overall, it’s a great town for cycling.

“The greenway’s big because it encourages cycling in this city,” Pieck said. “Traffic’s difficult and scary for a lot of riders. Having that nearby is nice.

“You can ride all year down here,” Pieck added. “You’ve got pretty mild winters, unlike Wisconsin. There seems to be a lot of interest in cycling in the region, and not a lot of bicycle shops that are already here.”

Trek Bicycle store will be renting from Kotis Properties. Pieck said he plans to hire between seven and 12 employees, with his workforce peaking in the warm summer months and ebbing in the winter.

Pieck was previously a race mechanic for the Trek Volkswagen Team in Baltimore, and has a background in biomechanics, which he defines as “how to fit the bicycle to the human body.” He built a mountain bike test lab in Wisconsin. He plans to work with the Greensboro Fat Tire society here and put in some volunteer hours developing trails to help build the market for his product.

Several bicycle stores already serve the Greensboro market, including Cycles de Oro on nearby mill street, the Bike Garage in the center city, ReCycles on spring Garden street.

“Part of what will make our shop unique to the other shops — no offense to the way they’ve done business — the way we’re going to display product is going to be a little more clean. We’ll have less product on the floor. It won’t be overloaded with stuff. You go in some shops, and you have wall to wall bikes, floor to floor parts. We’re going to do a nice job of laying things out.

Pieck said he has an agreement with Wisconsin-based Trek to put their name on the store, but otherwise it will be an independent operation.

“I’m going to live in Greensboro and own the business,” he said. “It’s not a corporate-owned business. It’s not a franchise. It’s locally and cyclist owned.”

grocery chain expanDs triaD warehouse

Harris Teeter, the high-end matthews-based grocery chain, is expanding its Triad perishables warehouse on chimney Rock Road in Greensboro, spokeswoman catherine Reuhl confirmed on monday. Reuhl said the company has outgrown its current facility, and will add 50,000 square feet, bringing it to 225,000. For proprietary reasons, Reuhl declined to discuss how much money it is investing in the project, in which John S. Clarke Co. LLC is the general contractor. Beyond employment, the expansion will result in no new jobs.

correction

A story in the June 2 issue of YES! Weekly entitled “officer alleges retaliation in grievance about hand wave” requires correction.

The story states that Greensboro police officer AJ Blake had his law enforcement license suspended for five years requires clarification. In fact, Blake still has his law enforcement license. A state probable cause committee found probable cause to allow his case to go forward. Blake has requested a formal hearing with an administrative judge through the Nc office of Administrative Hearings. According to official procedures provided by the Nc Justice Department, after the administrative hearing, the case is referred back to the full Nc criminal Justice education and Training standards for a final decision. The members of the probable cause committee who participated in the initial finding of probable cause are excluded from the final decision by the full the commission. A possible outcome of this process is that Blake would lose his law enforcement license for five years.

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