State closes A Bicycle Service over taxes

WICHITA — Alcoholic Beverage Control agents with the Kansas Department of Revenue this week seized the assets of A Bicycle Service in Derby. The state says the company owes $56,254 in state withholding tax.

Owner Richard Bledsoe couldn’t be reached for comment.

The state closed all three of Bledsoe’s stores, include A Bicycle Service shops in Andover and El Dorado.

In a press release, the state said, “Only after several unsuccessful attempts does the department take the action of seizing assets, which in this instance resulted in the business being closed.”

A Bicycle Service to open in Andover

WICHITA — A Bicycle Service owners Richard Bledsoe and Eric Patterson are preparing to open their third shop, this time in Andover.

The two opened their first store in 1,400 square feet in Derby in 2008.

A month ago, they opened an 1,100-square-foot store in El Dorado.

“It’s doing good,” Bledsoe says. “We can’t keep bikes in there.”

The new store will be in 2,200 square feet at 620 N. Andover Road.

“It’s just basically to make it convenient for the customer,” Bledsoe says.

The stores service bicycles and sell brands such as KHS, Manhattan, Torker and several lines of BMX bikes. They also have skateboards and related merchandise and Monster products, such as helmets and apparel.

Tony Utter of Utter Commercial Real Estate and Dave Lewis of Weigand-Omega Management handled the deal. Lewis also did the deal in El Dorado.

Look for the Andover store to open sometime next week.