Kona Bikes, a Ferndale-based brand that sells bicycles all over the planet, is preparing to open a bike shop on 1622 N. State St., next to Village Lighting. The company has a business license for The Kona Bike Shop and a manager lined up, said Cory Blackwood, sales rep and advocacy director with Kona.
Blackwood hopes to open the shop in early June.
The 6,600-square-foot space, which was previously occupied by Quality Rentals, will be a little different from other bike shops in town. It will be a showcase for all of Kona’s bicycles; Blackwood hopes to have one of every model the company makes in the shop, which will be a challenge since Kona has about 75 different models, he said.
“There will be a broad range of bikes. That’s something that a regular shop couldn’t realistically do,” said Blackwood, who calls the shop huge compared to most bike shops.
The Kona Bike Shop won’t carry other brands’ bicycles, but it will offer repair service as well as parts and clothing from other bicycle brands. This will be Kona’s first and only bike shop that carries only Kona bikes, Blackwood said.
“The end goal is to grow the Kona brand locally, like we always really wanted to do,” he said. “We haven’t been as involved locally as we could have or should have.”
The shop will also give the brand a selling tool for people passing through town, Blackwood said. It will start out with about four employees.
Kona Bikes was founded in 1988 and makes bicycles for everything from road riding to downhill mountain biking. Kona bikes are sold in more than 60 countries and the company has global headquarters in Switzerland and British Columbia.
Currently, the only Kona dealer in Bellingham is Jack’s Bicycle Center, at 1907 Iowa St. Jack’s will continue to carry Kona bikes, Blackwood said.