SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — TSG Consumer Partners LLC, a strategic equity investor, has acquired the online outdoor sports retailer Backcountry.com, including its CompetiveCyclist.com division, from Liberty Interactive Corporation.
MONTREAL (BRAIN) — Assos ProShops are popping up all over.
The Swiss clothing brand has worked with retailers to open three new shops-within-a-shop in North America in recent weeks.
There are now 23 ProShops around the world, with seven more planned for this year.
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BRAIN) – The final Profitability Project meeting facilitated by the Mann Group took place last week in Calgary. The National Bicycle Dealers Association will take over the administration of its retail program going forward.
ST. CHARLES, Ill. (BRAIN) — Longtime retailer Sammy Radi, who owns Sammy's Bikes in St. Charles, Ill., has opened Giant Fox Valley, a store dedicated solely to the Giant and Liv brands. The 2,400 square-foot shop is located across the street from Sammy's Bikes.
COSTA MESA, Calif. (BRAIN) — The National Bicycle Dealers Association's longtime executive director Fred Clements will be stepping down in the next few months to take a project director's role within the organization. The organization announced it has begun a search for a new executive director.
TRUCKEE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Start Haus, a Lake Tahoe-area ski retailer, has added a 1,000-square-foot Giant Partner Store to its Truckee, Calif., shop.
BELLINGHAM, Wash. (BRAIN) — Kona Bicycles has soft-opened its retail shop in the company's hometown of Bellingham, Wash., and has set a grand opening for the 6,600-square-foot location the weekend of June 20-21.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C., (BRAIN) — Performance Bicycle raised $13,448 for PeopleForBikes during May, National Bike Month. The total is a mix of donations directly from customers and Performance Bicycle matching funds.
PLYMOUTH, U.K. (BRAIN) — U.K.-based e-commerce retailer Wiggle has announced changes and additions to its senior marketing team, including the departure of Derek Bouchard-Hall, whose final day at Wiggle will be Friday.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — As the Vancouver bike scene has evolved, successful shops have had to do so as well.
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Interbike is boosting retail education at the 2015 trade show with a revamped NBDA Super Seminar series and a new area on the show floor called the Retail Resource Initiative.
NORTH VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Like Vancouver, which the BRAIN Dealer Tour visited Tuesday, the North Shore bike retail scene is crowded, competitive and apparently profitable.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Vancouver is a city of neighborhoods separated by waterways and connected by bridges and a crazy love of bicycling. The water makes it a challenging city to traverse by bike or other means.
HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (BRAIN) — Conte’s Bike Shop was recognized as Retailer of the Year by The Retail Alliance, a nonprofit trade association serving retailers in greater Hampton Roads, Virginia.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Bicycle Retailer & Industry News editors are in Vancouver this week. The magazine’s first dealer tour outside of the U.S. kicks off Tuesday with visits to five shops in the downtown area.
SEATTLE (BRAIN) — REI will stop selling Scott bicycles as soon as its current stock is depleted, the companies announced Wednesday.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (BRAIN) — Jenson USA is kicking off its annual bike donation program on Thursday with a group employee bike commute and breakfast.
WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The League of American Bicyclists has published a 28-page report on how bike shops can better welcome women customers.
PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — Competitive Cyclist is giving away bikes to three riders chosen at random for among those who entered the e-commerce site's Strava Connect promotion last month.
PITTSBURGH (BRAIN) — Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc. reported a sales increase of 8.8 percent in its first quarter, which ended May 2. The company's net sales were $1.6 billion, or $0.53 per diluted share; same store sales were up 1.8 percent from the same time in 2014.