Longtime local outdoor store Lewis & Clark permanently closed, building changes hands

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A local outdoor store and bike shop that has served Fayetteville, Springdale, and other locations around the state for more than two decades has closed its doors.

Lewis & Clark Outfitters, located at 4915 S. Thompson St. in Springdale closed this week, according to a sign posted on the door of the building.

“Thank you for the opportunity to serve the last 23 years,” the note states.

The building recently changed hands. According to property records, a company called Trailhead Property Holdings, LLC purchased the building for $3.25 million in July of this year. The company is registered to Jon Allen, co-owner of Onyx Coffee Lab.

We spotted Allen, along with Clubhaus Fitness owner Stuart Walker and others, touring the facility earlier this week.

Walker confirmed he is involved in the project as a consultant, but said specifics about the project are still being worked out. Walker said a bike shop is being considered, and there will be a fitness element to the concept, but he isn’t looking to move or expand his Clubhaus Fitness gym into the building.

“We are committed to our location on Mount Sequoyah, and our future plans in Northwest Arkansas are focused on continuing to build on what we’ve created up there,” he said.

We reached out to Allen for more information, but he has not yet responded to our requests for comment. Of course, his involvement suggests there will likely be coffee.

Lewis & Clark originally opened in Fayetteville in 2001 before moving to their south Springdale location near Lake Fayetteville a few years later. The company also operated a shop briefly in the Garland Center building on the University of Arkansas campus.

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Lewis & Clark Outfitters expanded the Springdale location in 2017 with the help of their partner bike brands Giant and LIV, according to an article on bikeretailer.com. They had also operated a Rogers location, though it closed last year citing supply chain issues.