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After Davis Street Blaze, Wheel & Sprocket Hosts Fire Sale

Store manager Chris Mailing estimates that the bike shop, 1027 Davis St., sustained tens of thousands of dollars in damage after a fire destroyed the building next door.

After Davis Street Blaze, Wheel & Sprocket Hosts Fire Sale
After a fire next door caused smoke and water damage to the downtown Evanston bike shop Wheel & Sprocket, the store is selling all clothing that was in stock at the time of the blaze for 50 percent off.

The fire that  destroyed three businesses next door also caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage to Wheel & Sprocket, 1027 Davis St., according to store manager Chris Mailing.

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Still, he says he has "no complaints" about the damage.

"The Evanston fire department did a great job saving our building," Mailing says. "You can look to one side...and it's a total disaster."

Demolition has already begun on the building next door, which housed the restaurants Pine Yard and Taco Diablo as well as the nail salon Technicolour Nails 1. All three businesses were completely destroyed by the fire that started in the kitchen of Pine Yard on Dec. 29, 2013.

Wheel & Sprocket was shut down for six days after the fire doing cleanup. That included pulling out the carpets, shampooing the carpets and installing all new pads, Mailing said. The business also used an ozone ionizer to clean the smell of smoke from inside.

Mailing said that Wheel & Sprocket's insurance company offered to buy up the shop's clothing in stock at the time of the fire, or write Wheel & Sprocket a check for the cost of the clothing, minus what the insurance company would make by reselling it to a salvage company. Wheel & Sprocket chose to sell the clothing to customers at 50 percent off.

"For the most part, they don't even smell the smoke smell anymore," he said. "Our customers are getting the benefit of the deal." 

He said that none of the business's bikes were damaged, although some required cleaning. 

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