“Anything that I can do to get people downtown and feel that they are part of a larger community,” he said. “Through doing that, if I can sell some bikes or do a few repairs, that would be great.”
Francis entered the Springfield Hustles competition and was hoping to use the grand prize package of $10,000 and more than $76,000 in services to help make his dream of owning and running his own shop a reality.
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However, since the winner of the competition was announced earlier this month, he said he is continuing to look at ways to make his dream a reality.
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Francis said he has a business partner, who is a fellow cycling enthusiast, and is actively looking for a storefront.
He said that Springfield is home to a rather large cycling community and he has met hundreds of fellow enthusiast during his 13 years working at Bicycle Stop on West First Street.
However, Francis said he left that job in October to focus on starting his own business, which he said would be a traditional brick and mortar store with a social service edge.
He said he also wants to sell products catered towards cycling enthusiast including a brand that makes steel frames out of Austin and another that makes road racing frames in Italy.
Francis said the goal now is to have the shop up and running by mid-February and a grand opening in March.