BRANFORD, CT (BRAIN)—While other retailers in the New Haven/Branford area have scaled back operations in this challenging economy, Paul von Maffei, owner of Action Sports, believed he could grow his operation.
BY LYNETTE CARPIET
KEYSTONE, CO—Oxygen levels were low but spirits were palpably high at Specialized’s dealer launch in Keystone, a popular winter resort west of Denver that sits at more than 9,000 feet above sea level.
CHAPEL HILL, NC (BRAIN)—Performance Bicycle will open a new retail store in Columbia, Maryland, and relocate its existing store in Tualatin, Oregon (Portland).
The grand openings for the Columbia and Portland stores are set for August 13.
COSTA MESA, CA (BRAIN)—The National Bicycle Dealers Association and Growth Cycle are teaming up to create two hours of fresh Selling Cycling retail staff training content for 2011.
NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—Hundreds of Bostonians turned up for the grand opening of Giant Cycling World Boston this past weekend. This is the company's first ever Giant owned store.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (BRAIN)—Mike Olson has expanded his successful San Diego Trek Bicycle Superstore chain to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
LAGUNA HILLS, CA (BRAIN)—It’s hard to believe but Interbike is just around the corner. And this year, for the second time, Bicycle Retailer & Industry News will announce its Top 100 Retailers for 2010 at the industry’s leading North American trade show.
CHAPEL HILL, NC (BRAIN)—Performance Bicycle is introducing its own line of kids bicycles.
ORLANDO, FL (BRAIN)—4th of July weekend not only brought fireworks to the sky, but also to the IBD sales floor.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (BRAIN)—Revolution Cycles has hired Angela Koch to the newly created of events and advocacy coordinator.
DEER VALLEY, UTAH (BRAIN)—Orbea plans to open a company-owned concept store this fall in Little Rock, Arkansas, home of the Spanish brand’s U.S. headquarters.
GENT, Belgium (BRAIN)—Business for European bicycle dealers started turning around late in the first quarter of the year after many experienced falling sales in 2009, according to a study released last Friday by the European Twowheel Retailers’ Association (ETRA).
LITTLETON, CO (BRAIN)—Giant’s first venture in company-branded stores opened in Littleton, Colorado Saturday morning.
GULFPORT, MS (BRAIN)—Robert Driskell is well versed in natural disasters, but with the Gulf oil spill Driskell is now becoming better acquainted with man-made catastrophes.
BY JASON NORMAN
GIG HARBOR, WA—Debit cards, credit cards, rewards cards—to the consumer the type of plastic they use to make purchases isn’t a life-changing decision. But to some retailers that choice significantly affects their bottom line since transaction fees vary widely between each of them.
MADISON, WI (BRAIN)—A district court judge this week awarded Trek nearly $300,000 in a breach of contract and breach of personal guaranty case against the former owner of an Illinois concept store.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA—The owners of Marin County’s Paradigm Cycles have purchased City Cycle, the venerable San Francisco shop founded by the late Clay Mankin.
ARLINGTON, VA (BRAIN)—The new operators of the Conte’s franchise have finalized the Freshbikes name for six Conte’s stores and will transition to the new brand by August 2012.
BY JASON NORMAN
DENVER, CO—Ken Gart’s formula for turning around Colorado’s Bicycle Village stores nine years ago was simple.
NEWBURY PARK, CA (BRAIN)—When Windsor Bicycle Center owner Mike Stollmeyer decided he wanted a new retail location with a completely new look for his Sonoma County, California business, he decided to partner with Giant Bicycle's retail merchandising team.