Lincoln skate shop reopens with expansion plans

After a period of closure, Lincoln skate shop Grindhaus reopened on St Martin’s Lane with new stock and big plans for the local skating community.

Owner Karl Barkworth (29) revealed the unit’s £6,000 renovation on September 16.

Also available in-store are a number of local brands, such as Pistol Delight and Steak Skateboards, a favourite of the Grindhaus pro skate team competitors.

Grindhaus on St Martin’s Lane also stocks a range of Grit Scooters and roller blading essentials.

Future plans include opening more stores across Lincolnshire. Additionally on September 27, the brand plans to launch a range of women’s urban street-wear.

The range at Grindhaus consists of local designs and unique DC core shoes and Mipacs. Photo: Emily Norton.

The range at Grindhaus consists of local designs and unique DC core shoes and Mipacs. Photo: Emily Norton.

Shop assistant Suzie Rogers (29) said: “Personally I felt there was a real gap in the market. Working with local brands means we can create totally original women’s gear.”

Karl, who also worked as a police officer, believes that support for skating sports is essential to the local community.

“Lincoln had no skate scene three years ago. We opened the shop in 2011 and we have gradually built a network. We love supporting local brands and events.

“Being one of a kind, we play a part in the Lincoln skate community. Grindhaus is not just a skate store, we’re a lifestyle.”

Here’s the Grindhaus team at the 2013 Independents Day celebration on Brayford Waterfront: