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President and CEO Eric Artz said the outdoor retailer will reopen March 27.
Signs on the door of the REI in Boulder, Colorado, Monday morning.

KENT, Wash. (BRAIN) — REI Co-op announced Sunday night it will close its 162 retail stores nationwide beginning Monday because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Coop president and CEO Eric Artz announced the closures in an email.

The outdoor retailer will reopen March 27, he said.

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UPDATED with billboard images.
One of two Lamar Outdoor billboards James Moore will have to promote cycling.

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (BRAIN) — Much like the spread of COVID-19, psychological effects of social distancing only figure to get worse before they get better, according to James Moore.

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Aaron Goss integrated bikes into securing the windows of his shop in Seattle.

HATTIESBURG, Miss (BRAIN) — When it comes to preventing smash and grab retail theft, James Moore and Aaron Goss took matters into their own hands.

Tagged Smash and Grab / From the Magazine
The internet age has helped bike thieves organize networks to sell stolen goods from retailers quickly and efficiently.
 Sports Garage Cycling experienced a smash and grab last year.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — A bike store manager was injured a year ago in Chino, California, trying to stop two men stealing a bike, and it’s the type of story that makes Vancouver detective Rob Brunt wince.

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The worsening of COVID-19 has some shop owners in the hardest hit areas wondering what's next.

SYOSSET, N.Y. (BRAIN) — Italy shutting down all non-essential businesses this week in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 got the attention of Howard Chung.

Chung, owner of The Bicycle Planet in Long Island, told BRAIN on Thursday about a customer he helped in the morning who is from Milan.

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Townsend and Franze were friendly neighbors.

FULLERTON, Calif. (BRAIN) — Among the strategies retailers use to make room for e-bike opportunities, Mike Franze has taken a novel approach: He bought the e-bike store next door.

Tagged Electric bike

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — For our March magazine edition, we asked our State of Retail panel members: "What security measures do you have in place to prevent smash and grab theft?"

Tagged Smash and Grab / From the Magazine / State of Retail
A hypodermic needle similar to this one was inside a flat tire.

OAKLAND, Calif. (BRAIN) — With a background as an EMT, Greg Archer knew immediately.

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KENT, Wash. (BRAIN) — REI President and CEO Eric Artz emailed co-op members Sunday night to share the actions the outdoor company has undertaken to protect customers and employees since the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S.

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Campfire's grand opening in November.

TUCSON, Ariz. (BRAIN) — Josh Lipton, the founder and president of Campfire Cycling, took a meandering route into e-commerce and then into brick-and-mortar retail.

REI's flagship Seattle location.

KENT, Wash. (BRAIN) — Two REI Co-op office employees possibly were exposed to the COVID-19 virus on Monday, and the outdoor giant, based in Seattle, closed three office campuses for deep cleaning. 

Tagged Coronavirus / North American Handmade Bicycle Show / Sea Otter Classic / Tradeshows and conferences / Taipei Cycle Show
Summit Bicycles is rebranding its van fleet.

Two dominant retailers in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mike's Bikes and Summit Bicycles, have evolved in their approach to a growing mobile service business.

Detroit will put together Nishiki Colorado mountain bikes
A wheel is built at the Detroit Bikes factory.

DETROIT (BRAIN) — Tariffs on Chinese bike imports made the partnership of Detroit Bikes and Dick's Sporting Goods inevitable. And it might lead to more retailers collaborating with the Motor City bicycle company.

Ben Serotta will have steel and aluminum models available in March.

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. (BRAIN) — After spending the past six years traveling the world as a bike designer and supply-chain consultant, Ben Serotta will relaunch his iconic bike brand this spring.

E-Bike is published by VeloPress.

Republished from "E-Bike: A Guide to E-Bike Models, Technology & Riding Essentials" by Martin Haussermann, with permission of VeloPress.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — For our February magazine edition, we asked our State of Retail panel members: "How will your business' typical customer profile change in the next 3-5 years?"

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On a roll with a unique but proven sales approach

COLUMBUS, Ohio (BRAIN) — For Roll: Bicycle Company, a retailer with three stores and its own bike brand, it’s all about control.

Jeff Milbauer of Valley Bike and Ski.

At CABDA Midwest BRAIN talks to retailers about opportunities and concerns for the 2020 selling season.

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Dan Shuman has owned Salem Cycle since 2000.

SALEM, Mass. (BRAIN) — When Dan Shuman started working for owner Chris Finn as an apprentice at Marblehead Cycle in 1989, he was a sophomore in high school with no plans to make a career in bike retail. Circumstances dictated otherwise.

Jim Whitsett, left, and Alan Goldsmith pose 14 hours before Whitsett died.

MARINA del REY, Calif. (BRAIN) — Jim Whitsett, longtime industry member and former Supergo, Cynergy and Performance general manager, died Saturday from an apparent heart attack.

He was 56 and survived by his 10-year-old son Jesse and adult son Jason. Funeral arrangements are pending.


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