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Hollands Bicycles’ Presence In The Community A Fixture For 95 Years

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Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2019 10:58 am

Holland’s is one of the oldest businesses in town and as such, it carries a tradition of service to the community. Almost everyone who owns a bike in Coronado has visited and shopped at the store and has found the employees friendly, helpful and welcoming.

From kids’ bikes to road bikes, comfort bikes and electric bikes, Hollands has it all. Hollands is the largest dealer with the biggest and best selection of electric bikes.

Owner Karl Young and two of his high school friends bought the store in 2014 and since the beginning they have made improvements and created three different areas with the store’s 5,000 square feet. The space on Tenth Street has been utilized to open a service area which makes it easy for customers to drop off their bikes. The main store was improved by removing a central wall making the space more bright and new flooring was installed. Inside the shop the bikes were compartmentalized and three areas have been created to make it easier for shoppers to check out the bikes they are interested in.

As in the past Hollands carries accessories like bells, helmets and baskets. Young has added something new with Hollands’ own Coronado themed jerseys for cyclists. A room in the back is dedicated to road bikes with some apparel, shoes and a Retul Computerized Bicycle Fit where cyclists have to opportunity to do bike fitting and product matching. There is also an area for rentals inside the main store.

The space on the other side on Blue Jeans and Bikinis is now the electric bike showroom. “Electric bikes in the last two to three years in general have caught on and are in demand. We are one of the pioneer [stores] to make the investment. We sell a lot of them and have a good selection,” said Young.

The store carries Trek, Electra and Specialized electric bikes and is the largest Electra dealer in the U.S. “We opened up the main store significantly which allows customers to see what we have got. We are continually making improvements to the shop esthetically,” explained Young.

Holland’s also carries the Brompton brand which makes folding bikes handmade in England. The store is the largest dealer of Brompton bikes in Southern California.

Excellent customer service is paramount at Hollands. “We have increased the staff significantly and we are very focused on customer service making sure we have plenty of staff on the sales floor and service floor,” said Young.

The store employs about 30 and that number will go up by three over the summer. Six of Hollands employees are Coronado High School students and Young plans on hiring a few more students for the summer. “We have provided dozens of CHS students their first jobs and hopefully given them a launching pad into there future,” he said.

Young and his partners also purchased the rental bike business at the Ferry Landing called Bikes and Beyond which was also owned by the previous Hollands’ owners. That store is now called Hollands Bikes and Beyond.

Young has found that apart from locals shopping at Hollands there is a large number of visitors who buy bikes which the store ships all over the US.

“We try to be very good community citizen, we appreciate the location and bicycles are a big part of the community. We feel very fortunate to provide that service. We owe it to the community. We have the best experienced sales people and best products,” he said.

Young has expanded the bike offerings and consolidated some of the brands focusing on carrying good quality bikes.

Although Young’s background was not in this type of business, (he worked in the management and sales end of his company), at Hollands he has surrounded himself with employees who are knowledegable and keep things running smoothly. “I continue to grow and learn. It’s a fun place to work. We have top notch mechanics and the sales people are the best I have ever seen with friendliest customer service. We get reviews all the time that warm my heart,” he said.

Young and his two partners, who are all from Arizona, met at a boarding school in Santa Barbara. Young who owned a real estate finance business in Tucson sold his business and decided to retire in 2010. “I was one of the few people from Arizona that did not vacation in Coronado. My wife visited Coronado and said ‘That’s were I want to live,’” he recalled.

The couple has three grown children and Young recently became a grandfather.

After he and his wife moved to Coronado he found out Hollands was for sale. “I saw a little sign in the window and thought it was something fun to do and be outdoors,” he said. “I didn’t think I could find something that was so much fun. I couldn’t hope for something better. I’m an empty nester and get to spend my day with youthful guys and my son is here,” he said.

One of the other Hollands owners also works at the store while the other one lives in Phoenix. Young’s son Nelson, who is 26, moved to Coronado a year-and-a-half ago and now works at Hollands and will take over the rein someday. Young’s other son Parker, 30, who is an actor moved to Coronado as well. Parker is currently on the Netflix show “Imposters” and he sometimes goes to Hollands and creates a buzz. Young also has a daughter who is 21. She lives in Key West with her husband who is a US Navy Lieutenant.

“I enjoy working with people. I don’t know as much about bikes as some of the guys do but I go out and help,” he said. “Our motto is ‘Hollands is the second happiest place on earth.’ Everybody that comes in is happy and excited about getting a new bike or to get an older bike fixed. It’a great atmosphere and [customers] leave with a bigger smile than when they came in,” said Young.

Hollands has also been a good community partner over the years donating bikes to organizations and for fundraisers.

“It’s been a lot more work than I thought but thank goodness it’s fun,” he said about the post retirement venture. Young rides one of his bikes to work and recently he has tried electric bikes. He now has a Trek bike that does 28 mph. “I ride with my son and I can keep up,” he said.

Hollands, 977 Orange Avenue. Hours: Mon - Sat. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (619) 435-3153 or log on www.hollandsbicycles.com.

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