ROCHESTER, MN (BRAIN)—In order to take his 31-year-old business to the next level, Bob Gritman decided he needed to take a leap, transforming his Rochester, Minnesota store into a Specialized Elite Shop. It opened last Friday.
GRANDVILLE, MI (BRAIN)—The owners of a Grandville bicycle shop destroyed by fire plan to rebuild.
PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN)—When industry veterans Mark Ontiveros and Mike France decided to open a shop, they let fate have its way with them.
DALLAS, TX (BRAIN)—Bicycle Retailer & Industry News editors and sponsors will hit the “Big D” today, kicking off a three-day tour of bike shops in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Merchandise sales at cycling specialty retail totaled $243 million in September, up 5 percent from September 2009, according to the Leisure Trends Group.
LAKE FOREST, CA (BRAIN)—Revo Cycles opened its second Southern California location this weekend as an alternative to the single brand concept store model.
AVONDALE, AZ (BRAIN)—Already Arizona’s largest Specialized Dealer, DNA Cycles is set to open its third concept store this month in Avondale, Arizona, about 17 miles west of downtown Phoenix.
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT (BRAIN)—Ibex Outdoor Clothing, a designer of year-round merino wool outdoor clothing and cycling apparel, has opened its first brick and mortar store in the Back Bay area of Boston.
NEW HAVEN, CT (BRAIN)—The Devil’s Gear Bike Shop has opened its doors as the charter retail tenant at 360 State Street in New Haven, Connecticut.
VIENNA, VA (BRAIN)—Spokes, Etc. has opened a new store in Fairfax, Virginia, marking the fifth location for the Vienna-based bicycle retailer.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—The new NBDA/Growth Cycle partnership that’s producing an all-new two hours of Selling Cycling staff training content for 2011 has solved a dilemma.
LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN)—Currie Technologies has launched two new dealer support initiatives. The e-bike company has launched a new technical WIKI site and hired 10 new outside sales representatives to bolster its service and support its growing dealer network.
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT (BRAIN)—Ibex Outdoor Clothing opened its first brick and mortar store in the Back Bay area of Boston. The new 1,000-square-foot store on historical Newbury Street gives Bostonians and visitors the opportunity to fully experience the unique, fun-loving culture of the wool apparel brand.
PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN)—The Bike Commuter, Portland’s only bike shop focusing squarely on the bicycle commuter market, is expanding into a larger space in the city’s Sellwood neighborhood.
LAS VEGAS, NV (BRAIN)—Bicycle Retailer and Industry News will announce the nation’s best retailers of 2010 on the first day of Interbike. This elite group will include this year’s Top 100 Retailers and 5 Star Retailers, who have been selected to the list for five years running.
FRUITA, CO (BRAIN)—Troy Rarick sold Over the Edge Sports (OTE) in Fruita, Colorado, to George Gatseos and Ross Schnell, both early employees of the store.
BRANFORD, CT (BRAIN)—Action Sports Bicycle Center of Branford, CT, recently celebrated its grand opening, and despite a few scattered late summer rain showers, hundreds of customers were eager to experience the newest Giant Brand Store.
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.