By Matt Wiebe
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK—If preseason orders are any indication of retailers’ expectations for 2011, they’re bracing for conservative consumer spending while keeping a tight grip on margins.
CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN)—An analysis of bike rental reservations across the United States has revealed stand out bike shops and rental statistics for comparison.
SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA (BRAIN)—Shopatron said that sales in its eCommerce exchange grew 59 percent over last year during the five-day Thanksgiving shopping period (November 26-30) that included Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
CARLSBAD, CA (BRAIN)—Focus Bicycles USA and Mike’s Bikes have partnered to carry Focus in the largest independent retailer on the West Coast beginning January 1.
ALBUQUERQUE, NM (BRAIN)—Black Friday yielded mixed results for bicycle retailers.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Gift cards to independent outdoor specialty stores and sporting goods chain stores are in high demand this holiday season, according to a recent survey by Leisure Trends Group of its Most Active Americans Panel (MAAP).
ROCHESTER, MN (BRAIN)—In order to take his 31-year-old business to the next level, Bob Gritman decided he needed to take a leap, transforming his Rochester, Minnesota store into a Specialized Elite Shop. It opened last Friday.
GRANDVILLE, MI (BRAIN)—The owners of a Grandville bicycle shop destroyed by fire plan to rebuild.
PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN)—When industry veterans Mark Ontiveros and Mike France decided to open a shop, they let fate have its way with them.
DALLAS, TX (BRAIN)—Bicycle Retailer & Industry News editors and sponsors will hit the “Big D” today, kicking off a three-day tour of bike shops in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Merchandise sales at cycling specialty retail totaled $243 million in September, up 5 percent from September 2009, according to the Leisure Trends Group.
LAKE FOREST, CA (BRAIN)—Revo Cycles opened its second Southern California location this weekend as an alternative to the single brand concept store model.
AVONDALE, AZ (BRAIN)—Already Arizona’s largest Specialized Dealer, DNA Cycles is set to open its third concept store this month in Avondale, Arizona, about 17 miles west of downtown Phoenix.
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT (BRAIN)—Ibex Outdoor Clothing, a designer of year-round merino wool outdoor clothing and cycling apparel, has opened its first brick and mortar store in the Back Bay area of Boston.
NEW HAVEN, CT (BRAIN)—The Devil’s Gear Bike Shop has opened its doors as the charter retail tenant at 360 State Street in New Haven, Connecticut.
VIENNA, VA (BRAIN)—Spokes, Etc. has opened a new store in Fairfax, Virginia, marking the fifth location for the Vienna-based bicycle retailer.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—The new NBDA/Growth Cycle partnership that’s producing an all-new two hours of Selling Cycling staff training content for 2011 has solved a dilemma.
LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—Currie Technologies has launched two new dealer support initiatives. The e-bike company has launched a new technical WIKI site and hired 10 new outside sales representatives to bolster its service and support its growing dealer network.
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT (BRAIN)—Ibex Outdoor Clothing opened its first brick and mortar store in the Back Bay area of Boston. The new 1,000-square-foot store on historical Newbury Street gives Bostonians and visitors the opportunity to fully experience the unique, fun-loving culture of the wool apparel brand.