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AUSTIN, TX (BRAIN)—The newest Giant Brand Store, Texas Cycle Werks, celebrated its grand opening this past Saturday as customers enjoyed group rides, prize raffles and a mountain bike trials stunt show by Giant athlete ambassador Jeff Lenosky.

WESTWOOD, NJ (BRAIN)—With its recent re-opening as a Giant Brand Store, Westwood Cycle becomes one of 27 shops that have been given this designation. As a GBS, Westwood prominently features Giant-themed imagery, colors and messaging. And about 80 percent of the store’s floor space is comprised of Giant bicycles.

RIVERSIDE, CA (BRAIN)—Southern California specialty retailer Jenson USA has been named to Internet Retailer's "Top 500" list of America's largest e-retailers.

BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN)—Erik’s Bike and Board opened its 18th location this month with a new store in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

After months of construction work, the new shop opened as the exclusive Specialized Elite shop in Eau Claire and the only shop offering Body Geometry equipment and apparel.

BRIGHTON, MI (BRAIN)—In its fifth year, the Island Lake Spring Bike Demo in Brighton, Michigan, drew hundreds of consumers this past Saturday who rode demo bikes from Trek, Specialized, Giant, Cannondale, Felt and Jamis.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (BRAIN)—Longtime Specialized dealer Village Bike & Fitness is holding its grand re-opening tomorrow, ushering in a new chapter in the shop’s long history in the greater Grand Rapids, Michigan community.

OMAHA, NE (BRAIN)—Midwest Cycling has opened two new Trek Concept Stores this month in Independence and Arnold, Missouri.

Owners Jay Thomas and Kent McNeill now have six Trek Bicycle Stores in Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri. Their stores rank within Trek's top-15 largest retailers by sales.

TUSCALOOSA, AL (BRAIN)—One Alabama bike shop considers itself extremely fortunate to have been spared from the deadly tornado that ripped through Tuscaloosa on Wednesday night.

BETHEL, CT (BRAIN)—Bethel Cycle reopened its doors in a new location in the historic old Bethel Train Station. The new setting is just two blocks from its old location of 41 years.

PORTSMOUTH, UK (BRAIN)—, a UK online bike retailer, has launched its own Facebook Store, featuring hundreds of Wiggle's most popular products.

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STAMFORD, CT (BRAIN)—Julie and Yori Gabay, long-time Stamford residents and triathletes, have teamed up to open their dream store in their home town.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (BRAIN)—Cars-R-Coffins, a Minneapolis bike repair shop and coffee bar with a local following, closed its doors last Friday.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (BRAIN)—Freewheel Bike, a Twin Cities retailer, is launching its third retail location.

BURLINGTON, MA (BRAIN)—After tracking steady annual growth in the BMX category, Jeff Palter decided to give his BMX customers a place of their own. Palter, the owner of Cycle Loft outside Boston, last week opened a dedicated BMX and skateboard shop.

CARMEL, CA (BRAIN)—Bay Bikes, a Monterey, California cycling institution for over 25 years, just opened a brand new shop in nearby Carmel.

SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—BRAIN’s San Diego Dealer Tour wrapped up on Thursday with a 40-mile inland circuit stopping at Black Mountain Bicycles,, Trek Bicycle Superstore and North of the Border Bicycles.

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SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—Downtown San Diego stores in the Mission Hills area have carved out unique niches to serve the local community. Participants on BRAIN’s Dealer Tour yesterday visited four stores within a three-mile radius, each with distinct personalities.

SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—Bike shops along Coast Highway 101 have a unique advantage: ride-by traffic. Participants on the BRAIN Dealer Tour of San Diego visited four stores yesterday that benefit from proximity to this scenic coastal stretch popular with cyclists and triathletes.

CHANDLER, AZ (BRAIN)—Arizona retailer Global Bikes has expanded its footprint with a third location, which opened its doors for business Monday in Chandler, a prominent suburb of Phoenix.

By Megan Tompkins

BOULDER, CO—Jeff Bailey has seen sales decline yearly since 2006. So when he closed the year up, on the heels of a whopping 33 percent jump in December, he was ecstatic.


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