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SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN) — Multi-sport retailer REI has announced plans to open its second store in the Last Frontier. In spring of 2014, REI will open a 30,000-square-foot store in Fairbanks.

Cyclists at the grand opening party in Monrovia.

MONROVIA, CA (BRAIN) — Just a little over one year after Empire Bikes opened in Chino Hills, California, owner Rock Sanchez had his sights set on a second location. With a 25-year career in the bike industry, Sanchez said he knew he had to get it while the gettin’ was good.  

RIVERSIDE, CA (BRAIN) — In collaboration with Diamondback Bicycles, Jenson USA has awarded 20 BMX Session bicycles to students at Mark Twain Elementary in Riverside County, Calif.

NYCeWheels. BRAIN Photo.

NEW YORK CITY, NY (BRAIN) — Bert Cebular, founder of the NYCeWheels retail shop, died Wednesday in a paraglider accident, according to local news reports.

Cebular founded the shop on Manhattan's Upper East Side in 2001. It specializes in folding and electric bikes and scooters.

Tagged People

HERCULES INLET, ANTARCTICA (BRAIN)—Utah retailer Daniel Burton has left his base camp in Antarctica in an attempt to be the first person to ride a bicycle to the South Pole. If he succeeds, he’ll cover 1,500 miles roundtrip from the coast inland to the pole and back.

PARK CITY, UT (BRAIN) — Backcountry has purchased Bergfreunde.de, an outdoor equipment e-commerce retailer that serves Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Backcountry, which owns CompetitiveCyclist.com, said the purchase marks its entry into the European market.

Tagged Web/Internet / Mergers & Acquisitions

TUSTIN, CA (BRAIN) — Despite deep discounts and sales that started earlier than ever, Thanksgiving weekend sales were down for the first time in seven years, according to the National Retail Federation.

NEW YORK, NY and GREENWICH, CT (BRAIN) — Retailer Signature Cycles raised almost $80,000 for World Bicycle Relief last month with help from industry donors—and a huge assist from an individual benefactor.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits

DETROIT, MI (BRAIN)—Wheelhouse Detroit Bike Shop and Detroit Bikes have partnered to open a retail residency in collaboration with Eastern Market Corp.'s Thanksgiving market. The bicycle boutique is housed in a shipping container located in Shed 4 of Detroit’s Eastern Market shopping district.

OCEANSIDE, CA (BRAIN)—Specialty retailer Endurance House continues its expansion with the opening of a fourth store in mid-November.

LANCASTER, OH (BRAIN) — Dan Peters, owner of Lancaster Bicycle, passed away Nov. 22 after a long battle with cancer. He was 41.

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LA CAÑADA, CA (BRAIN) — Sport Chalet recently announced that it has partnered with First Bankcard, a leading national credit card issuer and division of First National Bank of Omaha, to launch a new Sport Chalet MasterCard.

LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN) — Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Chrome Industries is partnering with Los Angeles retailer Orange 20 Bikes to bring a Chrome Hub pop-up store to the City of Angels—Chrome 20.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA (BRAIN) — Registration is now open for Interbike’s IBD Summit, returning for a third year to Monterey, California, just ahead of the Sea Otter Classic. 

Tagged IBD Summit

Garrett Hein, the service manager at McLain Cycle & Fitness in Traverse City, Mich., attended last week's USA Cycling Bill Woodul Race Mechanic's Clinic and agreed to write about his experience for BicycleRetailer.com.

FAIRFIELD, CT (BRAIN) — Zane’s Cycles president Christopher Zane is offering a $2,000 reward for information that may lead to the arrest of shoplifters who he said are responsible for taking a 2013 Trek Domane 5.9 from his Fairfield, Conn., store. Zane’s Cycles flagship store is in Branford, Conn.

FRESNO, CA (BRAIN) — Steven’s Bicycles has been a Fresno fixture at its Palm and Shields location since 1955, but the retailer will be closing its store there Nov. 22 to move to the Figarden Loop in Northwest Fresno at Brawley.

LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN) — Southwest retailer Sport Chalet saw sales fall 5.2 percent in its more recent quarter, although the chain’s online retailing was up 32 percent. The company showed a net loss of $3 million in its second quarter.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports

OMAHA, NE (BRAIN) — The Velogear.com website will be shut down Friday and its operations merged with that of a site owned by the same company: trekbicyclestores.com. 

Tagged Web/Internet / Media/Publishing

IRVINE, CA (BRAIN) — Shimano is releasing the 100th module in its online retailer training program on Monday. The 100th module is devoted to the company's new hydraulic road disc brakes. 

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