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TEMPE, Ariz. (BRAIN) — State Bicycle Co. has opened a new concept store, State Rideshop. The full-service bike, skateboard and repair shop is located in the company's hometown of Tempe, Arizona, outside of Phoenix.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Mobile bike repair franchiser Velofix has hired Ward Grootjans, a former Canyon Bicycles executive who will focus on Velofix's global growth.

Raleigh's new Santa Monica store

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Accell North America held a grand opening party over the weekend to celebrate the opening of its first dedicated Raleigh brand store in the nation. The store on Main Street in Santa Monica isn’t new for Accell North America. But it was formerly an Izip e-bike concept store.

The build-to-suit space also has plenty of natural light.

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — Bicycle Sport Shop has expanded with a fourth location just outside of Austin in the small community of Bee Cave, Texas. The store, which opened mid-August, is about 14 miles west of Bicycle Sport Shop’s downtown shop and is the retailer’s first foray outside of the city limits.

COSTA MESA, Calif. (BRAIN) — Retailers who made the cut this year not only offer great shopping experiences and expert staff, but are also rated on dedication to their communities and support for bicycle advocacy locally and nationally, the NBDA said.

Tagged Awards
E-commerce business, up 26 percent, drives same-store growth.

PITTSBURGH (BRAIN) — Dick's Sporting Goods reported Tuesday that net sales for the second quarter were up 7.9 percent over the same period last year, reaching approximately $2 billion. Same-store sales were up 2.8 percent, much higher than what Dick’s had forecasted.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — The Brexit vote in the United Kingdom could make life difficult for U.S. bike industry suppliers who sell into the UK. Companies like Park Tool say the devaluing of the British pound makes their products more expensive there.

Tagged BRAIN News

OAKLAND, Calif. (BRAIN) — After nearly three years of planning, a trio of business partners has opened a combination retail shop and café in the East Bay Area — Luckyduck Café and Bike Shop in Oakland.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Retailer Stuart Hunter, owner of four Roll: Bicycle Company locations, is making the move to online retail with his new custom bike program. The bike model is called the 1:Bike, and was recently launched on Kickstarter.

Tagged Omnichannel & Consumer Direct Sales

RANCHO DOMINGUEZ, Calif. (BRAIN) —, one of the largest e-commerce sites in the bike world, has shut down. Founder and owner Donovan Ivan told BRAIN on Friday that he has been planning the closure for almost a year after deciding he'd rather pursue other business ventures.

FLOWER MOUND, Texas (BRAIN) — Longtime Texas retailer Chad Plumlee has opened his third store, called Giant Lakeside. The new location will serve the market around the Dallas-Fort Worth area, including the communities of Flower Mound, Grapevine, and Coppell.

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (BRAIN) — Jeffrey Patrick Archer, the owner of First Flight Bicycles in Statesville, North Carolina, died Wednesday evening after being struck by a car. Archer, 52, was walking across a street in Mooresville when he was hit. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Retailers and executives discuss the Marketplace Fairness Act with Congress.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The PeopleForBikes Coalition and the National Bicycle Dealers Association were joined by independent bicycle retailer representatives last week on the second PeopleForBikes Executive Fly-In in partnership with the NBDA.

Tagged Omnichannel & Consumer Direct Sales / Advocacy/Non-profits

SEATTLE (BRAIN) — A new pop-up retail store near Seattle's Pike Place Market features three brands: Green Guru, Alchemy Goods and Endurance Conspiracy.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Mann University will offer two 1/2-day retailer education sessions at this year's Interbike expo. The sessions will be on Tuesday, September 20 and Friday, September 23.

Tagged Interbike
Dennis Estrin

REDMOND, Wash. (BRAIN) —  Dennis Estrin, who founded Redmond Cycle in 1968 with his wife Marie, passed away on June 17 from complications of Lou Gehrig's disease. He had recently celebrated his 80th birthday.

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Retailers looking for ideas about how to tackle that nagging remodel project, spruce up their apparel departments or ramp their store branding efforts can tune in to Bicycle Retailer's Minute Makeover video series starting Friday.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Performance Bicycle has announced a new location in Greenville, South Carolina. The new store in the Gallery Shopping Center location is now open and is running grand opening specials from July 13-17. The promotions include discounts and daily giveaways.

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Bicycle Retailer and Industry News is looking for retailers to participate in our 2016-2017 State of Retail panel.

Retailers selected for the panel will weigh in on business-related topics affecting the industry. Responses are printed in each issue of the magazine.

Tagged BRAIN News

LARKSPUR, Calif. (BRAIN) — The New Wheel, a small but influential San Francisco e-bike retailer, is opening a second location in Marin County.


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