K-Man Cycle & Run, a cycling and running products and services shop, has opened a new location in Paso Robles — returning to a space it occupied about six years ago.
The new store officially opened April 1 on the back of the success of the Atascadero shop, said Keith “K-Man” Schmidt, who owns the business with his wife, Robyn.
Steve Fleury, owner of Best Bike Zone in Paso Robles and a former business partner of Schmidt, approached him, asking if he would be interested in buying the business upon Fleury’s retirement in March.
Schmidt then asked Jon Richert, former owner of Flanders Bicycle in San Luis Obispo, if he would manage the Paso Robles shop. When Richert agreed, Schmidt decided to buy the business, purchasing the fixtures and inventory.
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The approximately 2,280-square-foot shop at 712 Paso Robles St. offers similar inventory and services as the Atascadero location. Schmidt said he may consider carrying another line of bicycles as the Paso Robles store has more space; currently he stocks Specialized and Giant brands. He anticipates a larger focus on bike rentals at the Paso Robles store because there are more tourists in the area.
Schmidt is planning to slowly remodel the Paso Robles shop, changing the layout to maximize space and give it a friendlier feel. He declined to disclose financial information.
The Atascadero shop opened in 1998. Schmidt opened a Paso Robles location in 2004, which he sold to Fleury about six years later.
Schmidt said he hopes to give his business away upon his retirement in about seven years. He plans to give the Atascadero shop to the store’s manager Steven Anzel, and the Paso Robles shop to Richert to thank the men for their work.
K-Man Cycle & Run has a staff of two full-time and five part-time employees.
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