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June 7, 2021
By Kevin Lajoie

Cornwall Ontario – One of Cornwall’s most popular bicycle shops has moved to a new location in the center of town.

Bicycle World has opened the doors of its relocated store at 24 Ninth Street East (the former Loonies and Balloonies), a 4000 square foot store with a showroom and bicycle service area as well as ample parking at a few steps from the door.

This is the third location for the company and a big step forward from its humble beginnings over 35 years ago when owner Al McGimpsey started Bicycle World at a downtown tanning salon he was co-owner with a business partner.

“We had to go through the tanning salon with bikes,” he recalls, laughing.

Mr. McGimpsey decided to go fully into the bicycle business and eventually opened a dedicated store further south on Pitt Street, building a solid customer base for over 25 years.

The move represents the next chapter for the company, and it comes at an exciting time when interest in cycling has likely never been greater. The number of people cycling along Cornwall’s Riverside Trail has skyrocketed during the pandemic and business has been booming. For example, Mr. McGimpsey received a delivery of a dozen new bikes on a recent Friday. They were all gone on Saturday.

“People are stuck at home and think they need to go out and exercise. Cycling is a great way to do that, ”said McGimpsey. “And there really is no better place to cycle than Cornwall. We have the best bike path. It is absolutely magnificent.

Although demand has led to a shortage of bikes, Mr McGimpsey said the situation is slowly improving and they are expected to receive more in the coming weeks. The Bicycle World service workshop is also well stocked and qualified bicycle mechanics are ready to assist with bicycle repairs.

In addition to bikes, McGimpsey plans to expand winter sports opportunities even further with increased sales and service of cross-country skis and snowshoes.

Bicycle World is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be reached at 613-932-2750.

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