Bike shop will replace Ukazoo Books in Towson
Race Pace Bicycles is moving into the Ukazoo Books space in Towson, a manager for the bike shop said Thursday. It will be the sixth Baltimore area location for the bicycle retailer, which has stores in Federal Hill, Columbia, Ellicott City, Owings Mills and Westminster. Race Pace plans to open in the Dulaney Valley Shopping Center by mid- to late March. A Ukazoo co-owner said Wednesday that the fixture in the Dulaney Valley Shopping center since 2007 is relocating to Parkville and closing the store next month. The landlord had notified the business it would have to leave the 10,000square-foot space, said Edward Whitfill, co-owner and general manger. Ukazoo has a property on Harford Road inside the Beltway under contract. John Russell, a manager at Race Pace, said the business has been looking to expand somewhere in the York Road-Interstate 83 corridor and liked the Towson site’s accessibility to the Balti- more Beltway and I-83. “There’s certainly a lot of people who love riding bikes in that area, and we would like to help more people learn they love riding bikes in that area,” Russell said. Theshopsells, rents andrepairs bicycles, including road bikes, mountain bikes, cruisers and hybrids, and specializes in brands such as Trek, Cannondale, Scott and Felt. Race Pace opened its first store in Woodlawn in 1978. It last expanded in 2011 when it opened in Federal Hill. sponsor of quarterback Tom Brady and outfitter of the league’s annual combine. The brand house also will sell Boston College apparel. Brand houses are, in effect, flagship stores allowing Under Armour to customize its interaction with customers. The stores present a way for the Baltimore-based company to offer a broader selection of its sports apparel and footwear than at wholesale partners. Under Armour has recently opened brand houses at the new World Trade Center retail complex in Lower Manhattan and on Walnut Street in Philadelphia. Other locations include Chicago, Baltimore’s Harbor East, Annapolis Mall, Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda and Tysons Corner Center in Virginia. 400 of its stores, including in Towson, Annapolis, Columbia, Bel Air and Owings Mills. The electronics and appliance retailer is billing the day as a “Special Holiday Shopping Event,” which will run from 1 p.m to 5 p.m. Saturday. The stores’ Geek Squad agents will lead demonstrations on items such as Google Home, a voice-activated speaker that responds to voice commands to listen to music, get Google answers and manage tasks, and Wonder Workshop’s Dash Robot, which teaches preschoolers coding and responds to voice commands to sing and dance. The retailer is also offering discounts and special deals on some items. Retail sales are expected to rise 3.6 percent in the November and December holiday period to $655.8 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. The trade group expects online sales to jump between 7 percent to 10 percent compared with last year to as much as $117 billion. Retailers are expected to hire from 640,000 to 690,000 seasonal workers this year, NRF said.