Katy Bike Rental’s building, equipment and inventory at Defiance are the latest acquisitions of the Hoffmann family of companies.
This is the first venture in Defiance by David and Jerri Hoffmann, owners of the Hoffmann family of companies, spending $ 125 million to create a national wine destination in Augusta and the Washington area to compete with Napa Valley . The investment to date includes four wineries, five wineries, 1,250 acres, several small businesses and the revitalization of more than a dozen buildings.
Their latest purchase is part of a plan to capitalize on the nearby 240-mile Katy Trail, according to Ashley Hesjedal, director of specialty retail for the Hoffmann family of companies.
Hoffmann plans to merge Katy Bike Rental with the Kickstand Augusta bike rental company it launched in early July, according to Chris Armstrong, the company’s communications director.
Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.
“Kickstand Augusta provides repairs, online rentals, retail sales and snacks to those along the Katy Trail at the Augusta Trailhead,” Hesjedal said in a press release. “We look forward to expanding our footprint to Defiance and other sites along the Katy Trail in the near future. “
With the latest acquisition, bike rental companies in Augusta or Defiance will be able to travel just over 7 miles between Kickstand locations one way or round trip. Armstrong said a shuttle would bring riders back to the starting point if they wanted to ride one way.
All of Katy Bike Rental’s existing employees will continue to be employed, but Armstrong said renovations will likely take place to bring the location into line with Kickstand Augusta.
Revive an automobile museum
Armstrong also said the Hoffmann family of companies are planning to build a classic automobile museum in Mount Pleasant Estates, which they own. He said three classic cars, a 1924 Ford Model T, a 1951 Chevy truck and a 1927 Packard, have arrived in Mount Pleasant, and 12 more cars are on their way. Armstrong said there was no timetable yet for the start of construction on the museum, but the plan is to host at least two auto shows per year between Mount Pleasant and Balducci Vineyards, another vineyard purchased by the company.