An elderly woman crashed her red Cadillac into Tuesday around 5 p.m., forcing customers to dodge out of the way. (See video above).
"I thought it was a terrorist attack," store manager John Bain said. "It sounded like multiple explosions."
Those sounds were the car smashing through the store, first through the glass windows of the entrance, then through displays of health protein and other products, and finally stopping with a crash into the store's dressing room.
No one was seriously hurt, although one woman was grazed by the car.
"People could have been killed easily," said Jeff Hiatt, whose wife was pushed into the cash register by the car. "It's kind of shocking seeing that. I thank the Lord everyone was OK."
Bain, whose hands were shaking 45 minutes after the crash, said the whole store was filled with smoke. He also said the elderly driver did not immediately stop the car, and when she was helped out, she struggled to stay inside the car for fear of leaving her purse.
Three fire trucks, an ambulance and several police cars responded, as well as a speedy building inspector who deemed the site safe for business. The store reopened today, and 12 hours later workers were still clearing glass and other debris from the store.
"People at that age, people like that shouldn't be driving, period," Hiatt said.
He said his wife is "hurting today" but was not admitted after being checked out at a nearby hospital.
The store had just finished remodeling last week, Bain said.
Hiatt, who is a regular customer at the store, said the situation would have been more dangerous under the store's old configuration.
"At the old store they would have been dead," he said. "The cashier was in line with the front door."
The bike store has been in the same shopping center since 1991 and the same location since 1997, a worker said.