When Kootenay Cycle Works was lost to a fire in December 2012, owner Trevor Knight promised his business would rise from the ashes. And now it has.
Knight will be sharing space with Rocky’s Ski and Snowboard in the Platzl until the end of the month, and then in April he will take over completely.
He is renaming his business Kootenay Mountain Works to reflect the change from bicycles only to winter sports as well.
“Tom (Pearson) and I started talking about me using the building owned by his brother, Rocky, for the summer,” Knight said. “I originally came to town to work for Tom and Rocky, co-owners of Rocky’s Ski and Snowboard, after spending years working for Tom at his Calgary store.
“Tom and I have always maintained a good relationship. I have also always considered Tom Pearson to be one of my mentors.
“After talking about the fall and winter we started talking about Tom’s plans to retire in 2013, so that is what will be happening.”
Kootenay Mountain Works will be full service for repairs, rentals, sales and service for bikes and ski/snowboard equipment, as well as accessories, clothing and more.
Knight is hoping to expand as time goes on.
Knight lost everything in the fire — from stock to tools to bikes to paperwork — but with the help of understanding suppliers and community support he is putting it back together.
“The bike industry and town have been amazing in supporting my business and family and we are really grateful for those that have stepped forward to help us out,” Knight said.
All of Knight’s staff is back to work and they are looking forward to seeing you at their new location, 250 Spokane Street, in the Platzl. They will be open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and in the summer from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Both phone numbers will still be active: 250-427-4244 for Rockys Ski and Snowboard, and 250-427-4449 for Kootenay Cycle Works Inc.