WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - A decades-old bike shop is closing in south Wichita. 

Tom Sawyer Bicycle Shop opened in 1963. Owner Alan Keimig said he bought it from its original owners, Tom and Louise Sawyer, in the 1990s. 

“I’m really, really almost sorry that I'm leaving because I feel like I'm letting people down,” Keimig said. “But, you know, I think that we've been very well supported, and I really appreciate it.”

The bike shop is located at the intersection of Broadway and Mt. Vernon. Keimig said the old owners built the store in 1972, the same year he started working there. 

“At the time it was like, ‘Oh, I'll just stay here for a year or two.’” he said. “Well, here it is 50 years later, and I still don't know what I wanna do when I grow up.” 

Keimig announced the closure this week. He said the small business experience has changed over the last decade.

“Big business, like our suppliers, really prefer to do business with larger corporations and stuff,: Keimig said. People tend to buy more online now.”

“It’s just gotten tougher and tougher, the last couple of years. I mean, prices have gone way up. People don't have the excess money to buy nice bikes as much as they used to.”

Customers said they will be sad to see the store go. Pete Espinosa said he first discovered Tom Sawyer’s in the 1970s looking for a BMX bike. 

“This is an iconic store in Wichita, and it's sad to see it go away,” Espinosa said. 

Keimig said the store will be open for at least another month and a half. Everything is 10% off right now. 

“You have to take care of people,” Keimig said. “I say I always offer people a little bit more than they expect.”