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ATLANTA (BRAIN) —  Atlanta triathlete and entrepreneur Matt Cole has taken over ownership of the All3Sports retail store from Morgan Clark Schnur and her husband, Sean. 

Robbie Kellman Baxter wants you to eliminate your customers and replace them with members. And she's written a book to tell you why you should do it, and how.

SEATTLE (BRAIN) — With help from neighbors, the city and the bike industry — including a chastened Specialized Bicycle — G&O Family Cyclery is coming back with a new, temporary location a month after a gas-line explosion nearly destroyed its shop.

LONGMONT, Colo. (BRAIN) — Retailers Rick and Jill Emerson, who own Bike-n-Hike in Longmont, are welcoming Colorado's spring season with open arms this year. As recipients of BRAIN's second Retail Remodel Project, the Emersons are already seeing positive results all around.

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Mobile repair franchise offers to assemble and deliver bikes ordered online.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Mobile bike repair franchiser Velofix is offering to assemble and deliver new bikes that consumers order online. Velofix, which has nearly 50 franchise operators in North America, is looking to make agreements with brands in the markets where it has franchises.

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PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — When Park Chambers, owner of three shops in Portland and Hood River, Oregon, was considering opening a fourth brick-and-mortar location, he wanted to mix it up. The shop would be service oriented, focusing on suspension overhaul and tuning with fast turnaround times.

MERIDEN, Conn. (BRAIN) — The owner of sporting goods chains Eastern Mountain Sports and Sport Chalet is preparing to file for bankruptcy, according to a report from Bloomberg News.

COSTA MESA, Calif. (BRAIN) — The National Bicycle Dealers Association has hired SJE Productions to assist with a number of marketing efforts in 2016.

The eBay seller plans a national trade-in program for bike shops.
TPC plans a national roll-out of its Trade-Up program.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The Pro's Closet's founders have sold a minority stake in the company to the investment firm Range Light LLC for $2.5 million and are preparing to launch its used bike trade-in program nationally.

COSTA MESA, Calif. (BRAIN) — The National Bicycle Dealers Association says the lawsuit between a Florida retailer and Giant Bicycle shows that many dealer agreements are one-sided or poorly understood. 

AUSTIN, Texas (BRAIN) — More than 1,200 people have already joined a new Facebook group that provides a forum for bike shop mechanics and could lead to the formation of an association. 

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. (BRAIN) — Wheelhouse Detroit Bike Shop will open its second location in May, at 9401 Joseph Campau Street in Hamtramck, a community about five miles north of downtown Detroit. The first store, which opened in 2008, is located in Detroit's Rivertown area.

COSTA MESA, Calif. (BRAIN) —  With one week until the application deadline of March 31, dealers are applying in record numbers to be considered as one of America's Best Bike Shops.

BURBANK, Calif. (BRAIN) — Pure Fix, which sells bikes online and through more than 400 brick-and-mortar retailers in the U.S., is now offering online bike buyers three ways to get their bike.

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DENVER (BRAIN) — High-end bike brand Guerrilla Gravity, previously sold exclusively consumer direct, is launching a dealer sales program it calls Shop Direct.

The program allows consumers to order complete custom GG bikes from participating brick-and-mortar stores. 

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Mobile bike shop Velofix is expanding to 41 locations with the addition of franchises in Canada and across the U.S.

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SEATTLE (BRAIN) — REI posted record revenues last year. The outdoor specialty retailer reported $2.4 billion in annual revenues in 2015, a 9.31 percent increase from $2.2 billion in 2014.

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G&O Family Cyclery is the building on the right.

SEATTLE (BRAIN) — G&O Family Cyclery, a three-year-old retailer that specializes in cargo and family transportation bikes, was damaged by an early morning blast Wednesday that destroyed three adjacent businesses in Seattle's Greenwood neighborhood.

UPDATE: Retailer also joins Outdoor Industries Women's Coalition.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (BRAIN) — Performance Bicycle is expanding to South Carolina with the opening of its first store in the state at the Gallery Shopping Center in Greenville. Set to open in late spring or early summer, the new location will increase Performance's national network to 106 stores.

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Retailer points to online shopping and changing consumer buying patterns for restructuring.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (BRAIN) — National sporting goods retailer Sports Authority has filed to restructure under Chapter 11. The move has been several months in the making, and reports of the company’s pending bankruptcy had come out in recent days.

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