It’s hard to imagine a business better suited to today’s save-money, save-the-earth ethos than a bike shop. Its product is relatively inexpensive, easily maintained, environmentally vital, and it appeals to all ages.
So why — with prime biking season near — did Westport Bicycles go out of business?
The store — despite its broad selection, knowledgeable staff and superb service — is no more. Not long ago it hummed; now it’s just another empty storefront, not far from similarly shuttered Shaw’s, Totally Kool — and Curran Cadillac.
First a car dealer; now a bike shop. Soon we won’t have any place to buy wheels to get to the stores that are not open, anyway.