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BRAIN's 2017 State of Retail panel

Published January 1, 2017

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — BRAIN's State of Retail panelists are selected to present a cross-section of retailers around the country. They generously volunteer their time to talk to us about a retail topic as we prepare each issue, 18 times a year. We choose new panelists each year. 

The State of Retail column appears in each issue, and starting with the March 1, 2017, issue, we are presenting an abbreviated version of the column on the web, giving our readers a chance to share their own insights on the question in the comments section.

Here are our 2017 panel members:

Christopher Rubin, owner, Wingspan CycleryChristopher Rubin, Wingspan Cyclery.
Moorpark, California

One store, 1,400 square feet
One full-time employee, four part-time
Years in business: 1



Park Chambers, president, Fat Tire FarmPark Chambers, Fat Tire Farm.
Portland, Oregon
Four stores: Fat Tire Farm, Portland, 3,500 square feet; 21st Ave. Bicycles, Portland, 2,000 square feet; Traction Works, Portland, 1,500 square feet; Hood River Bicycles, Hood River, Ore., 1,250 square feet
20 full-time employees, three part time
Years in business: 19



Greg Matyas, owner, Speedway Cycles/Fatback BikesGreg Matyas, Speedway Cycles.
Anchorage, Alaska
Two stores, 6,000 square feet total
Eight full-time employees
Years in business: 9



Ali Fuchs, owner, Big Al's Bicycle HeavenAli Fuchs, Big Al's MTB Heaven.
Crested Butte, Colorado
One store, 1,350 square feet
Four full-time employees
Years in business: 10



Matt Mueller, sales manager, Bicycles PlusMatt Mueller, Bicycles Plus.
Dallas, Texas
Four stores; Dallas, Flower Mound, Coppell and Allen, about 5,000 square feet each
40 full-time employees
Years in business: 22


Vanessa Buccella, co-owner, BFF BikesVanessa Buccella, BFF Bikes.
Chicago, Illinois
One store, 1,000 square feet
Three full-time and five part-time employees
Years in business: 2.5


Bobby Wintle, co-owner, District BicyclesBobby Wintle, District Bicycles.
Stillwater, Oklahoma
One store, 5,300 square feet
Five full-time employees
Years in business: 5


Adam Kohn, owner, On Two WheelsAdam Kohn, On Two Wheels.
Jackson, Michigan
One store, 5,000 square feet
Three full-time employees
Years in business: 17




Ilene Marcos, co-owner, Bicycle WorldIlene Marcos, Bicycle World.
Mount Kisco, New York
One store, 8,000 square feet of retail; 8,000 square feet of storage
Six full-time employees, six part time
Years in business: 44; 24 under current ownership


John Worth, owner, East Burke SportsJohn Wurth, East Burke Sports.
One store, 5,100 square feet
Eight full-time employees
Years in business: 28


Topics associated with this article: State of Retail, BRAIN News, From the Magazine

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