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Austin Tx: Vintage moped dealership opens

Postby Micronaut » Fri Dec 30, 2005 6:31 pm

Vintage moped dealership opens;
Friday, December 09, 2005

http://www.statesman.com/business/conte ... ININC.html

More two-wheelers to hit road as moped shop opens


Bicycles aren't the only form of two-wheel transport that have enamored Austin roadsters. From Alien Scooters on South Lamar to the Vespa dealership on West Fifth Street, the city has seen a swell of stores selling motorized two-wheelers.

The most recent addition is Austin Mopeds, which opens with a Saturday night party. The store, at 500 San Marcos St., will sell mopeds made before 1985 and moped accessories and parts.

Mopeds are different from scooters, store co-owner Beamer Wilkins said. Mopeds rarely go faster than 35 miles per hour and always have pedals. Restored models sell for between $600 and $2,000.

Watson helped in CSC sale to Silicon Labs

It's somehow fitting that former Austin Mayor Kirk Watson had a hand in Silicon Laboratories Inc.'s deal to buy one of Computer Sciences Corp.'s twin office buildings downtown.

Five years ago, CSC was part of then-mayor Watson's vision to create a digital downtown, luring tech companies to build offices on underused city-owned land.

The idea all but died with the tech bust, which caused CSC to scale back its plans and Intel Corp. to abandon its partly finished chip design center.

Watson helped pave the way for Silicon Labs' purchase of one of the CSC buildings,

He made sure Silicon Labs, his client, got hooked up with all the right players in a deal that will bring the first major corporate headquarters downtown in years. Current Mayor Will Wynn did his part in wooing the company as well.

Colliers Oxford Commercial, an Austin-based commercial brokerage, represented Silicon Labs in its site-selection search.

American-Statesman staff writers Renuka Rayasam and Shonda Novak contributed.
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