ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BRAIN) — Retailer Kent Cranford has announced plans to open a third Motion Makers Bicycle Shop later this spring. The store will be located in Cherokee, a small town about one hour west of Asheville that serves as a gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The completion of a new mountain bike trail system last year piqued Cranford’s interest in opening a bike shop in Cherokee. The 10-5-mile Fire Mountain trail network had been in discussion for several years, and the $350,000 project moved forward in 2017 when the Cherokee tribe hired Trail Dynamics, a company that also built many of the trails in Dupont State Forest near Brevard.
“They quietly made a move on it last year and opened in May. Everyone began asking about a bike shop in Cherokee, even though our store in Sylva is 20 miles away,” said Cranford, who purchased Motion Makers’ Sylva location in 2007 and opened a store in Asheville in 2009. “It was worth considering and I understood the need, but it was on the back burner because it was something that didn’t need to happen tomorrow. I was watching to see if maybe someone else would …read more