PUBLIC Bikes shop will close its Capitol Hill store and exit Seattle at the end of March, just a few days short of two years after expanding to the city.
“The beauty of our space, our product and our service ethos resulted in creating an inclusive, welcoming bike shop on Capitol Hill,” the announcement of the closure plans reads. “All of us walk away proud, grateful and thankful to those whom we’ve met and helped get back on a bike.”
The PUBLIC shop opened in April 2015 in the E Pine and Summit space formerly occupied by Black Coffee Co-op.
Founded in 2010, PUBLIC designs, assembles, retails, and services its own bikes under one company. At the time of the 2015 expansion to Seattle, PUBLIC had not ventured outside the Bay Area to open its stores. The Seattle closure will leave its San Francisco shop and a shop in Santa Monica as the only dedicated PUBLIC stores.
Bike-oriented retail will get a new spin on E Pine this spring as high end cycling brand Rapha will open one of its “clubhouse” concept stores and cafes at Melrose and Pine.
PUBLIC’s exit from E Pine will leave neighbor Gamma Ray Games and the Raygun Lounge to hold down the street level commercial activity in the Warn Building owned by Capitol Hill prolific real estate investor Ron Amundson. The spaces along E Pine were once home to the legendary Travelers Tea Co.
The shop is planned to close March 26th. In the meantime, you can find everything in the store at 50% off during a going out of business sale.
The full announcement on the PUBLIC closure is below.