SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Civic Cyclery, a brand new retailer here, had its mobile service van stolen last weekend from outside the store owner’s home.
The modified 2009 Mercedes Sprinter van was loaded with tools, supplies, some inventory and the owner’s personal ski and bike equipment. It did not have any bikes inside and was not branded with store logos.
The theft is a major loss for store owner Ben Brydon, who began prepping his business about a year ago and estimated he put 200 to 300 hours of his own time into modifying the van.
“It’s kind of killing me right now,” he told BRAIN on Tuesday.
Brydon, who has worked for Velofix and other retailers before launching his own business, had planned to focus his new business on mobile service, including contract jobs. But he soon realized the business needed a brick-and-mortar homebase, in part so he could secure accounts with wholesalers. So in August he opened a store near the Market and Taylor Streets intersection in San Francisco.
The store is centrally located so it serves as a perfect homebase for mobile service. “I can get anywhere in the city in 10 minutes,” Brydon said. The location also …read more