Meet Shane Hockensmith, Owner of Giant University City Bicycles

May 18, 2023 | Uncategorized

Tell us a bit about your background and why you started Giant University City Bicycles.

I’m originally from Pennsylvania. I moved to Norfolk, Virginia, with the Navy and, after I got out of the Navy, moved to Huntington, West Virginia, where I worked for Pepsi-Cola for 7 years. In 1998, I moved to Charlotte and decided to open the bike store in University City. We were formerly called Bike Line of Charlotte. 

You’ve seen a lot of change in University City over the years. What stands out?

When I opened my store, Mallard Creek Greenway didn’t even exist, and now UNC Charlotte is growing so much; that’s one of the things we looked at, being located right across from UNCC. University City is very diverse, so we have clients across all demographics. 

What would surprise people about your shop?

We partner with Taiwan-based Giant bicycles and exclusively sell that line. We carry any bike you can think of from kids’ bikes to road, hybrid, mountain, dual-sport, and more. Entry bikes start around $425 and, on the high end, can run up to $8,500.

What is one of the challenges of running a small business?

Covid introduced some changes. A lot of people started riding at that time. Our business grew exponentially, but instead of increasing hours, because I couldn’t get enough quality help, we redacted hours and went from being open seven days a week, to five, with reduced hours. Hiring and keeping quality employees is a challenge. Several employees have been with me quite a few years, one for a little over 19.

What partnerships or causes mean the most to you?

I’m a large supporter of Carolinas Freedom Foundation, a Charlotte-based veteran organization that does a lot of goodwill and charity events. They have many events throughout the year, including a veterans’ breakfast and a parade. 

Visit Giant University Cityat 8528 University City Blvd., Suite M.



Receive Up to Date News

Receive Economic Development News

View Past Newsletters

View Post by Category

Press Releases

Meet our new intern, Haley Chilcott

Haley Chilcott is our new Marketing Communications Intern here at University City Partners. Haley is an undergraduate student at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is majoring in Communications, with a concentration in Public Relations. After graduation...

University City Partners welcomes our newest board members

  University City Partners welcomes its newest members of the UCP Board of Directors: Charlotte City Manager Marcus Smith and Michael Fung, a regional leader for Wells Fargo's Corporate Properties Group. The University City Partners Board of Directors consists of...

Response to tragic police incident and unrest

Last night our community was at the center of a tragic police incident followed by several hours of demonstration, aggressive agitation and unrest. Our neighborhoods, businesses, retail centers and institutions were impacted with activity that has left us all feeling...

Introducing our UNC Charlotte interns

University City Partners is proud to introduce our "Class of 2016" - our fall semester interns from UNC Charlotte. Seniors Hollis Maye-Keye and Cagney Reeves will help us with communications and planning - key functions for our success. We encourage you to consider...

UCP video report: Planning for our transit-powered future

University City Partners has launched a new feature - a monthly video report on how we are investing time and resources to build University City. Today's report: UCP is leading a planning effort to make the area around the future JW Clay Transit station a more...

Our 2016 Annual Report chronicles a landmark year

The dramatic changes taking place across University City can be hard to keep up with - unless you have the University City Partners annual report. Our brand new 2016 University City Partners Annual Report chronicles these changes over the past year (July 2015-June...

University City Partners welcomes new board members

University City Partners welcomes four new members to its board of directors, including two UNC Charlotte grads. Tracy Dodson with Lincoln Harris, John McAlister with Electrolux, Phil Nicholenko with TIAA and Jane Wu, founder of Carolina States Regional Center, have...

Thanks for taking our survey; we heard you!

Our recent invitation to take a brief survey about University City Partners drew more than 100 participants and many useful responses. ”The survey was like a pulse check to make sure that what we are hearing in our meetings also represents the opinions of all of the...

University City Partners adds planning & development director

Tobe Holmes has joined University City Partners as its planning and development director. Holmes, formerly with Center City Partners, will oversee all UCP planning and development initiatives. At Center City Partners, Holmes managed economic and community development...

Meet our UNC Charlotte interns

One benefit of having UNC Charlotte nearby is the amazing wealth of student interns. We landed three of the best this semester: Meredith Avant (Communications with PR concentration), Miguel Avila (Economics with innovation focus), and Charles Trowell (Architecture...