One of Knoxville’s oldest family-owned businesses is closing its doors after pandemic hardships

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A local, family-owned business has been a part of the Knoxville community for more than 120 years. But now, it is closing up shop. The owners said that they would close its doors on November 1.

Greenlee Bike Shop has ties back to 1897, according to Conrad L. Majors, the heir to the shop. It was originally called “Knoxville Bicycle Hospital,” and was located at 710 Gay Street.

That shop moved several times over the course of a century. Additionally, it was passed down from family member to family member since its inception.

Now, the historic shop is located at 1402 North Broadway. Majors went into retirement and sold the shop to the Rich family. They owned the lawn mower repair shop next door.

“We didn’t want to see it close,” Stephen Rich said.

So, they bought a piece of history just to keep it open.

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