Sometimes employees leave stores, I don't think the timing has to do with the season, necessarily. This is probably Irv's.
I'm pretty sure the bike shop in question has the initials WB
I thought Working Bikes was all volunteer staffed. That would be kind of a fun gig, actually.
Working Bikes has a handful of paid staff. Four or five positions I think?
Weird that if is either Irv's or WB that the ad would not mention a need for spoken proficiency in Spanish.
I too thought Working Bikes was all donations and volunteer run. I may need to stop by tomorrow and see what they are looking for if it is their ad. I checked their website and saw no announcement or a mention of staff at all.
I checked Irvs website but its outdated though the guys who work there are really cool.
Could it be that new shop on 18th & Ashland?
Working Bikes has insisted on (wrongly) touting its location as Pilsen since moving to 24th Place and Western, so that's where my money's at. I know the owner of Irv's-- I just can't see him using the words "to run our entire retail operation."
Just remember-- Working Bikes is like Santa, and nobody wants to hear anything bad about it, so if there's a juicy story re: how this opening came to be, I'd suggest we keep it off the forum.
That's an excellent suggestion.
New shop on 18th and Ashland?
Also - isn't Working Bikes essentially in Pilsen? Technically they're in "Heart of Italy" which is sort of part of "Heart of Chicago" but since those neighborhoods are never mentioned I think it's easier to use Pilsen as a cover-all. If you disagree, they're only a 5, 10 minute hop, skip, jump from Pilsen proper. That entire area confuses me.
Pilsen is like Lincoln Park- it magically expands when someone's looking for higher rents or real estate sale prices. Technically everything between 1700 and 2500 W. is Heart of Chicago, and Pilsen only extends from Canal to Ashland. Would probably be OK to describe WBC as being in "Pilsen/Little Village" as that's an established usage by various organizations and social service agencies that serve the in-between area.
Turns out there's no juicy story-- old manager decided it was time to move on, gave notice, and position now open. Disappointing, huh?
Did we decide which store posted this? Working Bikes?
Dang Howard, I didn't realize you'd save the horse's carcass to beat it every 18 months.
For the record, I usually call it Little Village/Pilsen, but I stand by the belief that I'll divide Bridgeport into Hardscrabble and Hamburg before I call the area around Harrison Park the Heart of Chicago.
Paul "Sorry, I don't live in South Shore or even Rainbow Beach, but Windsor Park which is just north of Chettleham." Fitzgerald
The add should also mention, no insurance, or benefits of any kind, a high turnover rate (meaning managers, as well as every body else), angry employees in the winter, and the pay is what?
Sounds good as long as you know what star you are hitching your wagon too.