Bicycle Store Closing

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A long-time business will soon be shutting the doors at one location in Lackawanna County.

Cedar Bicycle is closing its Dickson City location and will consolidate the business at its Scranton shop.

The moving signs are up, most shelves are cleared and bikes and more are on sale.

"We were the only shop in this area for quite a while. People came to depend on us for a while and I hope they come down to our Scranton store. It`s a little bit farther for them to go, but it`s going to be worth their trip," said William Puchalski, who has worked for the company for nearly 40 years.

Cedar Bicycle has been on Main Street in Dickson City for 22 years. With such a prominent and convenient location, customers said they will miss the place when it moves.

"Well since I only live six blocks from here, it`s been very nice. I can stop on the way to or from work to drop it off or pick it up, whereas it`ll be a lot more inconvenient when they move," said customer Allan Cornell of Dickson City.

He came to pick up his bike, perhaps for the last time at the long-time store.

"Any business that leaves is bad for the local economy. You never want to see any business go and this one`s been here for quite a while, as long as I can remember," Cornell added.

Owner David Johns said the mild temperatures have made this winter the busiest ever for the business, but it was time to cut back.

"Well I've been in the bicycle business for about 40 years now and I'm collecting my Social Security, so it's time to slow down a little bit and enjoy myself, ride my bicycle and that's about the only reason we're closing the Dickson City store," said Johns.

He added the location on Pittston Avenue in Scranton will have extended hours and will now be open on Sundays.

Cedar Bicycle in Dickson City will be closing for good around mid-March and the building will be sold.