Premier Evanston bike shop to close after 40 years
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Updated: December 9, 2012 6:36AM
EVANSTON — Ten 27 Cycles, one of the area’s premier bike shops under the Turin name, will close its doors after more than 40 years at 1027 Davis St., the store announced in a surprise e-mail announcement Monday.
“Unfortunately, several factors have made this closure necessary,” owner Chris Mailing explained. “The name change we executed last spring has not gone as planned. In the context of a soft economy, the expense and difficulties of that name change have been too great to bear. We sincerely regret disappointing our loyal customers. That our store has served the cycling community for so long is a testament to our devoted staff and the enthusiasm of our customers.”
Formerly Turin, Ten 27 Cycles was an anchor business in the west Davis Street downtown area. Turin was the sponsor and the motivating force behind an international bike race in downtown Evanston.
Starting Monday, the store began holding a clearance event designed to offer customers special deals for early holiday shopping and their cycling needs, officials said in the news release.
All merchandise has been discounted 15 to 40 percent, with additional markdowns to be offered on any remaining items during the next few weeks. Quantity discounts on any purchase of three or more items also will be offered, but for a limited time. The sale will continue until everything is sold, store officials said.
Customers who shop the closing sale early will enjoy their pick of the best selection, including bicycles, clothing, parts and accessories. Return trips later in the sale will result in the best prices on remaining inventory.
“It is rare to have current merchandise by the popular brands we carry discounted to such an extent,” Mailing said. “We are also selling our rental bikes, used kids’ bikes and used trainers at favorable prices.”
Before the sale ends, even the furniture and fixtures will be available for sale. Gift cards and store credits will be honored through the sale. All sales will be final.
Store hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, visit the store website at www.ten27cycles.com. Visitors can sign up on the website to receive email notifications of additional details about the closing sale as they become available.