Bike shop will re­place Uka­zoo Books in Tow­son

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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.

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