Condor Cycles has revealed that its thriving retail business has prompted it to secure a new 10,000 sq foot warehouse.
The move is scehduled for completion just after Easter and will mean that the retailer can hold 1,000 Condor frames at a time, increasing turnaround times for customers.
Condor – winner of the BikeBiz Independent Retailer of the Year award for two consecutive years (2008 and 2009) – said that the recently refurbished and expanded outlet on Gray's Inn Road, London, has been a huge success, attracting cyclists of all abilities.
The retailer noted that it is now attracting customers not only from London, but also from across the UK and even the US and Japan. Condor Cycles put its international appeal down to the success of its part-owed race team Rapha Condor Sharp, its classic British design and maintaining a commitment to high quality frames – in carbon, steel, aluminium and Ti, hand built in its Italian factory.
“We’re currently bursting at the seams holding frames, accessories and components to keep up with demand. The new warehouse will enable us to further expand our Condor component and accessory range which focuses on the single speed/track rider,” said MD Grant Young.
“All Condor bicycles are prepped and built from the frame up at our warehouse. Greater space will allow us to expand the workshop and build more bikes at any one time. It’s a really exciting time for us.”
Store manager, Greg Needham, explained that it is not only Condor bikes that have been popular: “Our high-end clothing and components are also selling as well as our entry level products. And in the last quarter, sales of other brand, such as Specialized, Charge, Brompton, Cervelo and Genesis have also increased.”
Five years ago the family-owned business moved to the current unit in Hatton Garden.