Conte’s Bike Shop to Open at The Yards

Pop-up shop in May to be followed by store opening in early 2017

May 16, 2016 – Washington DC

A popular local bike retailer with multiple locations will be riding into The Yards temporarily over the next two weeks and then returning for good early next year. Conte’s Bike Shop, a Virginia Beach-based bike shop has agreed to locate its latest DC-metro store at The Yards. The announcement was made today by Forest City, master developer of The Yards, DC’s premier urban mixed-use waterfront neighborhood located between the Washington Navy Yard and the Nationals ballpark in the Capitol Riverfront district.

Conte’s Bike Shop plans to first open later this week a temporary pop-up bike shop at The Yards offering bikes for sale or rent, repair services, clothing and gear, as well as expert advice. The pop up location will be on Tingey Street in Arris, the latest residential building to be completed at The Yards. Opening Thursday May 19th, the pop-up shop will operate until May 29th, being open Thursday through Sunday of each week. During this period the popular Tour de Fat cycling community event will take place at Yards Park (May 19-20), as well as Bike to Work Day in DC (Friday, May 20th). This will be the only bike shop resource in the growing Capitol Riverfront neighborhood.

In early 2017, Conte’s Bike Shop will return to The Yards in a more permanent store location with the opening of their latest full service bike shop. To be located on 4th Street SE in the new Arris apartments building, The Yards will be Conte’s ninth store location and their first location outside of Virginia. Other area store locations include Arlington and Falls Church. The Yards store will be nearly 2,200 square feet and offer the full array of merchandise and services available at all Conte’s Bike Shop stores.

Founded in 1957 in Newport News by patriarch Charles Conte, Sr., Conte’s Bike Shop is still a family-owned and run operation. Today, David Conte, along with business partner Wayne Souza, carries on the store’s well-established reputation for superior service and merchandise. The company has been expanding steadily over the past 15 years. In addition to Arlington and Falls Church in northern Virginia, Conte’s Bikes Shops can be found in the Tidewater region including Chesapeake, Newport News, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg, as well as in the Richmond area. Their Arlington location opened earlier this year.

Conte’s has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Best Bicycle Retailers in the country by a panel of leading manufacturers. They were also cited recently by Tidewater Women Magazine as the recipient of the 2016 Ladies Choice Award in the Bike Shops category. This distinction follows the company’s ninth designation last year as “America’s Best Bike Shop” by the National Bicycle Dealers Association. In 2015, Conte’s was named “Retailer of the Year” by the Retail Alliance.

Their shops carry a full line of bikes and accessories including hybrids, mountains, cruisers and road bikes by leading brands including Giant/Liv, Eddy Merckx, BMC, Scott and more, as well as offering gear, accessories clothing and lots of expert advice. They also offer a trade-in policy and used equipment for sale. What’s more, Conte’s Bike Shop prides itself on being a community center and resource for the cycling community, offering events, clinics, structured rides and online resources.

“Our excitement about becoming a part of The Yards is evident with our pop up location in May,” said owner David Conte. “This pop up shop will give the cycling community in this area a good taste of what Conte’s Bikes is all about. We invite everyone to come in and visit with us this month at The Yards,” he added.

“The Yards attracts many people who enjoy leading an active lifestyle and Conte’s Bike Shop addresses that market very well,” said Deborah Ratner Salzberg, president of Forest City Washington. “We’re very pleased and excited they have decided to join us at The Yards.”

Yards Development Updates

The development of The Yards continues on several fronts. At full buildout, the project will feature 5.5 million square feet of retail, residential and office uses spread across 25 buildings on 48 waterfront acres, including 1.8 million square feet of office, 3,400 residential units for both rent and for sale and 400,000 square feet of retail, dining and services.

Two more places to eat and drink at The Yards have opened within the past week. Whaley’s, a locally-owned and sourced raw bar and seafood restaurant opens this week in the Lumber Shed near Osteria Morini and Agua 301 on the waterfront. Also, the San Francisco-based Philz Coffee is now open on Tingey Street next to the Conte’s Bike Shop pop-up shop location. In addition to a variety of perfectly brewed coffee drinks, Philz also offers baked goods and light lunch options.

Residents continue to move into Arris, the newest luxury apartments building to be completed at The Yards. Since opening in March, over 115 of the building’s 327 apartments have already been leased, many with park and waterfront views.

The Yards Marina is nearing completion and is expected to open in early June offering 50 boat slips, half for seasonal contracts and the other half for transient boaters. Construction is also nearing completion on an interim park area at the corner of M and First Streets SE, adding to The Yards’ award-winning urban green space component.

This June will bring the start of construction on a two-level, single-tenant pavilion building for District Winery, a working regionally-sourced winery, restaurant, tasting room and special events venue with a rooftop terrace. District Winery is the DC debut of the popular Brooklyn Winery in New York City. To be located at 4th and Water Streets SE, District Winery is expected to open in late 2017.

Site work will begin in coming weeks on the next wave of residential development at The Yards. A two building combo involving 191 apartments being developed by Forest City, along with the concurrent construction of an adjacent 138-unit condo building being developed by PN Hoffman, is expected to be completed in 2018.

Late this year, construction is expected to begin on a 16-screen Showplace ICON theater complex at The Yards. The premium cinema experience theater will be located near First Street SE by the Nationals ballpark at the western edge of The Yards. Completion is expected in late 2018.

For retail leasing information about The Yards, contact John Asadoorian at Asadoorian Retail (john@asaretail.com; 202.333.9066). For office leasing information, contact Sharon Oliver at Meany & Oliver (Sharon@meanyoliver.com; 703.448.9400, ext. 202).

Contact:
Gary McManus
VP-Corporate Communications Forest City
202.496.6600 garymcmanus@forestcity.net

David Conte

Owner
Conte’s Bike Shop david@contebikes.com