Mike Wagaman talks about the future of Peachtree Bikes. His company’s Buckhead location was destroyed in a fire on Dec. 4.

By Dan Whisenhunt

This wasn’t the Christmas Mike Wagaman or his employees wanted.

On Dec. 4, a fire destroyed his Peachtree Bikes store in Buckhead. Several adjacent businesses were damaged as well. Wagaman has moved the company’s operations to the company’s Sandy Springs location. Some of the eight employees that worked in Buckhead used the opportunity for an extended vacation.

He said his employees’ heartbreak is the hardest part of his ordeal. Wagaman said he tried to make the Buckhead shop a second home for them.

“It’s a family, you know,” Wagaman said, standing in front of a row of bikes at the Sandy Springs store. “Everybody at the shop helped build that place.”

For those employees who wanted to keep working, Wagaman offered them the opportunity to participate in coat drives and other charitable events. He says he’s doing it, “Just to stay out in the community.”

Read the rest of the story in the Sandy Springs Reporter.

 

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.