BY MATT WIEBE
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Headlines kept the health care debate front and center for months, but in spite of political posturing its passage should have little immediate impact on small retail stores or businesses.
NASHVILLE, TN (BRAIN)—Nashville has been the hardest hit when it comes to the torrential rainfall that rolled through over the weekend, causing massive flooding to the area.
Most Nashville bike retailers reported minor damage to their shops, but Gran Fondo Cycles wasn’t so fortunate.
DENVER, CO (BRAIN)—It was a “bittersweet” moment for the Gart family knowing that their long and successful run as Colorado sports retailers, including five Bicycle Village locations, had officially come to an end.
DENVER, CO (BRAIN)—As of March 1, non-Colorado based retailers selling to Colorado customers must keep records on how much sales tax those Coloradans owe the state.
ALEXANDRIA, VA (BRAIN)—The phone was ringing off the hook on Friday at Bicycle Pro Shop in Alexandria, Virginia, and Eric Westerman, manager of the two-year-old shop, didn’t expect it to relent heading into the weekend. Customers are booking appointments for tune-ups.
LAKELAND, FL (BRAIN)—The Trek Bicycle Store in Lakeland, Florida, has shuttered after seven years in operation. The shop was the first retailer-owned Trek Concept Store to open back in November 2002, shortly after the Wisconsin-based bike manufacturer introduced its concept store model.
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA (BRAIN)—InCycle opened its fourth Southern California shop last Friday in Rancho Cucamonga at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains in San Bernandino County.
InCycle Inc. purchased the prime 5,500-square-foot Foothill Blvd location for $1.06 million back in January.
BY MATT WIEBE
ALBUQUERQUE, NM—Imagine starting a bike shop in the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression, without the help of bankers and as a young 20-year-old with little to no retail experience.
ALEXANDRIA, VA (BRAIN)—Snowmageddon, Snowpocalypse, call it what you will—many east coast and southern retailers have never been rocked by winter’s white teeth like this before.
MILWAUKEE, WI (BRAIN)—The James Group will launch a new point of sale merchandising system for bicycles and after market products called the M6 on March 1.
NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—During the build-out of his new Giant Brand Store in El Paso, Texas, Crazy Cat Cyclery owner Roberto Barrio said, "I’m a really good bike guy, but I’m not a very good merchandising guy. I learned so much from Giant about how to layout a store.”
CUPERTINO, CA (BRAIN)—Doug Dixon, who stole $88,000 worth of inventory from Northern California's Cupertino Bike Shop over a two-year period and sold it on eBay, was sentenced Thursday to eight months in Santa Clara County Jail.
SPRINGFIELD, MA (BRAIN)—Ski Market sold last Friday to a restructuring and advisory firm that plans to liquidate the retailer’s remaining assets by the end of March, and close its last seven locations, according to an order filed in U.S. bankruptcy court.
BY NICOLE FORMOSA
BY ALAN COTÉ
SHANGHAI, China (BRAIN)—Rocket Science Sports has opened the doors to its first flagship store and showroom in the Chinese city of Shanghai.
NORWALK, CT (BRAIN)—REI is opening a new store opening this fall in Norwalk, Connecticut. The one-story, 24,000-square-foot store will be REI's second in Connecticut, joining a location in West Hartford, CT, which opened in 2007.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—As part of the 2010 Selling Cycling staff training program, Growth Cycle has produced The 71% Solution, a 15-minute video (click on link) that helps shop staff better relate to the needs of non-enthusiast consumers.
UPPER ARLINGTON, OHIO (BRAIN)—Roll will expand and relocate one of its three locations this spring in order to better serve the Columbus, Ohio market.