ROCKY RIVER, OH (BRAIN) — When Scott Cowan learned about Electra’s ownership change Monday, he was both stunned and concerned. The owner of three family-oriented shops in Ohio also sells Raleigh and Giant, but Electra is one of his main brands.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Total IBD sales grew to $139 million in November, a 1 percent increase compared with a year earlier, according to Leisure Trends Group’s RetailTRAK IBD sales summary. While unit sales declined by 5 percent, average retail selling prices rose 6 percent.
ATLANTA, GA (BRAIN) — Peachtree Bikes will reopen in a new location after its flagship store was destroyed by a fire in early December that also damaged several other businesses occupying a historic building located in Atlanta’s Buckhead district. Authorities have not yet determined the cause of the fire.
COSTA MESA, CA (BRAIN) — The National Bicycle Dealers Association is now accepting nominations for its America’s Best Bike Shops list for 2014. The program identifies and honors bicycle stores in North America.
COSTA MESA, CA (BRAIN) — Seldom, if ever, has a good word been written about Amazon.com in the National Bicycle Dealers Association’s newsletter — in print or online. Nor has the NBDA’s retail forum had much good to say about the Seattle online retailer.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (BRAIN) — Scott Scudamore, a mountain bike athlete, advocate, event organizer and retail store employee, died Dec. 28 from complications from a mountain bike accident he suffered in September.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — Power meter maker Stages Cycling is offering dealers a new point of purchase display that can be mounted on slatwall or countertops, and features a modular display.
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (BRAIN) — Phoenix area cycling boutique Bicycle Haüs has opened in its new location in Scottsdale. The 6,700-square-foot building is more than twice the size of the shop’s previous location, and was designed by award-winning Arizona architect Jack DeBartolo III.
BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — As the holiday shopping season comes to a close, retailers are still feeling the effects of the 100-year flood that ravaged Colorado’s front range in mid-September. Heavy rain and catastrophic flooding took a toll on life, property and industry.
GRAFTON, WI (BRAIN) — Erik’s Bike and Board’s 21st store is slated to open on Saturday.
LOS ANGELES, CA (BRAIN) — Sports Chalet has reported a strong start to holiday shopping season showing healthy Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales growth.
SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN) — Multi-sport retailer REI has announced plans to open its second store in the Last Frontier. In spring of 2014, REI will open a 30,000-square-foot store in Fairbanks.
MONROVIA, CA (BRAIN) — Just a little over one year after Empire Bikes opened in Chino Hills, California, owner Rock Sanchez had his sights set on a second location. With a 25-year career in the bike industry, Sanchez said he knew he had to get it while the gettin’ was good.
RIVERSIDE, CA (BRAIN) — In collaboration with Diamondback Bicycles, Jenson USA has awarded 20 BMX Session bicycles to students at Mark Twain Elementary in Riverside County, Calif.
NEW YORK CITY, NY (BRAIN) — Bert Cebular, founder of the NYCeWheels retail shop, died Wednesday in a paraglider accident, according to local news reports.
Cebular founded the shop on Manhattan's Upper East Side in 2001. It specializes in folding and electric bikes and scooters.
HERCULES INLET, ANTARCTICA (BRAIN)—Utah retailer Daniel Burton has left his base camp in Antarctica in an attempt to be the first person to ride a bicycle to the South Pole. If he succeeds, he’ll cover 1,500 miles roundtrip from the coast inland to the pole and back.
PARK CITY, UT (BRAIN) — Backcountry has purchased Bergfreunde.de, an outdoor equipment e-commerce retailer that serves Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Backcountry, which owns CompetitiveCyclist.com, said the purchase marks its entry into the European market.
TUSTIN, CA (BRAIN) — Despite deep discounts and sales that started earlier than ever, Thanksgiving weekend sales were down for the first time in seven years, according to the National Retail Federation.
NEW YORK, NY and GREENWICH, CT (BRAIN) — Retailer Signature Cycles raised almost $80,000 for World Bicycle Relief last month with help from industry donors—and a huge assist from an individual benefactor.
DETROIT, MI (BRAIN)—Wheelhouse Detroit Bike Shop and Detroit Bikes have partnered to open a retail residency in collaboration with Eastern Market Corp.'s Thanksgiving market. The bicycle boutique is housed in a shipping container located in Shed 4 of Detroit’s Eastern Market shopping district.