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Sales tax reform may have new life, as a new bill has been introduced in the House that would level the playing field between brick-and-mortar stores and online sellers related to sales tax collection.

KENT, Wash. (BRAIN) — Raleigh Bicycles is sponsoring the National Bicycle Dealers Association's "America's Best Bike Shops" program for 2015. The program highlights and promotes bicycle retailers that provide the industry with the best customer support, knowledge, operational excellence, and bicycle advocacy.

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Chrome Industries was established in Boulder, Colo., in 1995, but is now based in San Francisco. The bag company is returning to its roots with the opening of a new store in Denver in its 20th anniversary year.

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VICTOR, Idaho (BRAIN) —  When it came time to list their store, Fitzgerald's Bicycles, for sale earlier this year, retailers Scott and Janine Fitzgerald took an unconventional approach.

A blog by the NBDA's executive director.

The number of bike shops continues to drop each year, but a new survey shows that several other dealer metrics are trending up.

WOLVERHAMPTON, U.K. (BRAIN) — The U.K.-based e-commerce retailer Wiggle will let its customers pick up orders at Doddle's 35 parcel store locations, which are located near railway stations and other commuter hubs across the country.

TEMPE, Ariz. (BRAIN) — Fixie and singlespeed brand State Bicycle Co. has rolled out a three-tier system for its dealer network, offering enhanced benefits to key retail accounts.

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Bicycle Retailer & Industry News' lastest print issue, the July 15 edition, features coverage of the retail scene in Vancouver, where recent improvements to cycling infrastructure are leading to growth in bike sales.

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COSTA MESA, Calif. (BRAIN) — — Do you consider yourself to be an "inspirational leader," a "strategic thinker" and, yes, a "visionary"?

If so, the National Bicycle Dealers Association wants you to be its next executive director.

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (BRAIN) — Following an extensive remodel, longtime Pacific Northwest retailer Jack’s Bicycle Center has reopened as a Giant Partner Store.

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Bicycle Retailer and Industry News is looking for retailers to participate in our 2015-2016 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.

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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.

The Swiss brand now has five shops-within-a-shop in North America.
The opening at West Point Cycles

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.

Owner Sammy Radi opens dedicated Giant and Liv Store
l to r: Wylie Pfalzgraf, Sammy Radi, and Ferdie Franada

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.

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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.

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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.

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