Second Gear to close downtown Asheville store, focus on West Asheville location


Here’s the press release about Second Gear’s decision to close its downtown Asheville location at the corner of Lexington Avenue and Walnut. Word on the street is that Old North clothing store will move from its North Lexington Avenue location to the Second Gear downtown location and expand its offerings.

Here’s the press release

Second Gear, Asheville’s answer for affordable outdoor gear, will have their last day of sales in their downtown location on Sunday, January 4, 2015. Both Second Gear locations will be holding a “year end sale” with price reductions on all in-stock items. In 2015 Second Gear will continue to serve Asheville’s outdoor community through their West Asheville location at 444 Haywood Rd. Second Gear offers a way for consignors to get excellent rates for “recycling” their lightly-used kayaks, canoes, bicycles, outdoor clothing, hiking boots, and camping equipment. Discerning outdoor enthusiasts can get quality used gear without paying full retail prices.

Second Gear has grown steadily within the West Asheville community for over 10 years. Over that time period Second Gear has written $1.5 million in consignment checks to their more than five thousand consignment partners.

“This consolidation represents a recognition of where our customers are and where they prefer to shop” said managing partner Eric Smythers. “With so much growth and energy focused on West Asheville in general and our section of Haywood Road specifically, we’re simply putting our time, energy, and staff where they are best invested.”

Along with used gear, Second Gear also carries a selection of new items including guidebooks, maps, disc golf equipment, climbing gear, and an array of dealer samples at low prices.

Second Gear is conveniently located at 444 Haywood Rd in West Asheville, just off of I-240 with free parking. Second Gear is locally owned and operated and is a certified Living Wage employer.


Doug Cegelis February 5, 2015 - 5:38 pm

Old North is indeed moving to this location. (photo on their FB confirms)

jtroop December 29, 2014 - 10:40 am

I think their sweet spot is catering to locals…. Their WAVL location is convenient, has free parking, constantly rotating in new stuff, they pay decently for used gear, …. etc. etc.

The downtown one seemed (to me) to be catering to the tourist population, with new gear or samples….

Two different business models…. Glad they’re focusing on WAVL!

ashbeard December 28, 2014 - 8:40 am

It was the little bench! It’s the curse of that little bench.

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