Yes, I'm utterly insane...and well on my way to becoming a bike shop owner.
To be fair, I'm only a third partner, but it's actually more desirable than my previous plan to buy a shop then run it all by my lonesome. My partners are the owner of the shopping center the space is in and the center manager who is also a local race promoter.
For those of you that don't know the backstory, a year ago I walked away from buying a shop (and consequently, my manager job) due to the owner wanting too much for it. I knew this due to having just completed a business planning class through a local college and had to walk away from not inconsiderable sweat equity invested over six years there.
More recently, a few weeks ago I was contacted by the landlord and manager of the shopping center. They asked me details of my previous purchase attempt, but it appeared they already knew the answers. The shop was in the process of being sold to a man from out of state. When they met him they immediately realized that he had zero qualifications to run a bike shop (i.e.: Doesn't ride, never worked in or ran a retail shop, no bike repair or other business skills, etc.) and would not likely be a successful tenant, especially if overpaying for the purchase. When they approached the owner as to why he'd sell to someone that unqualified, he balked at their "interference" and went ahead with the sale anyway, then informed them that the shop was moving elsewhere.
The landlord and manager both want a bike shop as part of the center's dynamic, so they asked me if I would be interested in starting a new shop as a partner and owner. They're supplying the space, the financing and management expertise and are depending on my experience as a shop manager to run the daily operations. Believe me, I was looking for the flaw in the silver lining and have yet to find one.
The new shop will be in the same space as the old, so business should carry some momentum right from the start. I designed and performed all the previous buildout, so all in all I'll be working in a space I created, doing business according to how I feel it should be done right, and with a long term vision agreed upon by all partners to be at the center of all cycling-related activity of our town, hence the name: "The Hub of Pagosa". May 1 is the tentative opening date.