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Posted June 27, 2013
The Square register app and card scanner on an iPhone

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (BRAIN) — Square, best known for its credit card reader for iPhones and iPads, has launched an online marketplace, allowing local businesses to list their inventory online and accept orders through Square Market.

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Posted June 25, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (BRAIN) — Performance Bicycle will celebrate the opening of two new stores in Oregon and Florida on Wednesday.

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Posted June 24, 2013

FULLERTON, CA (BRAIN) — To address what it sees as a knowledge gap among consumers about carbon fiber technology, Southern California retailer East West Bikes on Friday will host industry pioneers from Cervélo, Parlee and Enve Composites for a full day of activities and evening forum titled “Night of Carb

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Posted June 21, 2013

TUCSON, AZ (BRAIN) —Trisports.com has filed for Chapter 11 reorganization, citing a downturn in business stemming from problems with a new software system, competition from online retailers and the closure of a second retail store in Tempe, Arizona, in court documents the Arizona online and brick-and-mortar retailer filed last week.

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Posted June 18, 2013

COSTA MESA, CA (BRAIN) — James Moore, owner of Moore’s Bike Shop in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, is the new president of the board of the National Bicycle Dealers Association.

Posted in Retail News Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits / People
Posted June 14, 2013

SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN) — REI plans to open new stores in Flagstaff, Ariz., and Columbus, Ohio, in September next year.

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Posted June 11, 2013

SPOKANE, WA (BRAIN) — The Bike Hub opened its second location in downtown Spokane, Washington last week. Owner Chris Andreasen teamed up with Giant’s retail merchandising team to design the 2,600 square foot Giant Partner Store.

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Posted June 6, 2013

KENT, WA (BRAIN) — Outdoor equipment retailer REI recently announced changes to its return policies, which previously allowed customers to return any item for any amount of time, no questions asked.

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Posted June 6, 2013
Bad Monkey Badge (photo courtesy www.bikeportland.org)

VANCOUVER, WA (BRAIN) — With bike theft on the rise in the Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, metro areas, Vancouver police are faced with a dilemma: what to do with bikes that are recovered. Ideally, bikes are reunited with their rightful owners and everyone lives happily ever after.

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Posted June 5, 2013

DURANGO, CO (BRAIN) — Durango Mountain Resort recently held a grand opening for Purgatory Cycle Works, a full-service retail, service and rental shop on the resort grounds. The shop, which is owned and managed by Durango Mountain Resort, has three employees, including a full-time mechanic.

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Posted June 4, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (BRAIN) — After months of testing at independent bike dealers, MerchantOS has released a new point-of-sale add-on in partnership with analytics provider Swarm to give retailers a more detailed picture of what’s happening in their stores.

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Posted June 4, 2013

NEW YORK, NY (BRAIN) — Cyclists in Brooklyn who get stuck with a flat tire after regular bike shop hours may not have to hail a cab or phone a friend, thanks to two new Express Biker self-service bike part vending machines.

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Posted May 29, 2013

ASHEVILLE, NC (BRAIN) — The Mann Group has launched a new training program for retailers in the cycling, outdoor and running industries. Mann University is a five-module curriculum that will run in four sessions in 2013.

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Posted May 28, 2013
The Rivendell Walnut Creek showroom, in sepia. Photo courtesy Rivendell.

WALNUT CREEK, CA (BRAIN) — Rivendell Bicycle Works is opening a pop-up location in San Francisco's Mission District for next week, June 1-9.

The location is near Shotwell and three blocks from the 24th & Mission BART station.

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Posted May 24, 2013

RIVERSIDE, CA (BRAIN) — Retailer Jenson USA has been designated a Google Trusted Store, a program that Google launched about a year ago.

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Posted May 23, 2013
First annual sales growth since 2007 for the retailer

LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN) — Sport Chalet Inc. posted fourth-quarter earnings Thursday, reporting a 6.8 percent increase in comparable store sales for the quarter ended March 31 compared with the same period in 2012.

Posted in Retail News Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
Posted May 21, 2013

PITTSBURGH, PA (BRAIN) — Dick’s Sporting Goods reported net income of $60.5 million for its fiscal first quarter ended May 4, up 5.8 percent from the comparable period in 2012.

Posted in Retail News Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
Posted May 21, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (BRAIN) — Widespread tornado warnings issued throughout the Plains states over the weekend became reality Sunday across parts of Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri.

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Posted May 20, 2013

PITTSFIELD, MA (BRAIN) — Berkshire Bike and Board has opened a second store in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Like the original Berkshire Bike and Board located 20 miles away in Great Barrington, the 3,000-square-foot store was designed as a Giant Partner Store.

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Posted May 20, 2013
From the May 1 issue of BRAIN

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Benjamin Cox says that sourcing a line of accessories from Taiwanese, Chinese and Vietnamese manufacturers for his single-location store is a big investment of capital and time.

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