STATESVILLE, N.C. (BRAIN) — In the months following retailer Jeff Archer’s death after being struck by a car while crossing the street last July, the fate of his shop, First Flight Bicycles, remained uncertain.
Archer’s wife Julie considered selling the shop, which also houses Archer’s extensive private collection of vintage bicycles, but for various reasons decided not to pursue that path. Earlier this year, she announced the store would close sometime during the summer, but thanks to a pair of concerned First Flight fans, that never happened.
“When Julie announced she was closing a lot of people came in and told us how terrible they thought it was,” said Wes Davidson, who has worked at First Flight since 1997. “And a couple of them stepped up and said they would love to see Free Flight continue, and we were able to strike a deal. Part of the tragedy of Jeff’s death is that Julie didn’t know what to expect and what to do, but in the in the end, the sale has been a very good thing. We’ll continue to push to make it great and even better.”
Davidson, who was Archer’s sole employee for years, also …read more