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DICKINSON, N.D. (BRAIN) — Bernice “Bernie” (Kessel) Santiago died on March 9 in the comfort of her own home surrounded by family. She was only 60 years of age.

Two IBDs join the event in Tucson.
Smith (left) and Saltvold at BLC this week. Ray Keener photo.

TUCSON, Ariz. (BRAIN) — As the supplier community gathers in Tucson this week for the Bicycle Leadership Conference, two independent retailers are adding to the attendance of about 275.

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — New York-based retailer Rubber N' Road has opened a new pop-up store in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, for the second year. 

The store will be open from March 15 through May 15 and plans to host rides and events as well as showcasing the store's latest products. 

PITTSBURGH (BRAIN) — Dick's Sporting Goods' fourth-quarter sales were the largest in its history while its full-year net sales increased 5% over 2022.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
New York City retailer Shane Hall

MEADOWLANDS, N.J. (BRAIN) — We asked retailers and suppliers at the CABDA East show this week about the right-sizing program that Trek is enacting, and what it will mean to the rest of the industry.

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Eugene Kiefel

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. (BRAIN) — Noted long-time retailer Eugene Kiefel died at home on Feb. 4 at age 92.

Jacob English.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — For our February magazine edition, we asked our State of Retail panel members: What are you doing to ensure the success of your business over the next five-plus years?

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NEWBURY PARK, Calif. (BRAIN) — Giant Group will sell bikes through about 25 specialty stores owned by Dick's Sporting Goods, including House of Sport, Public Lands, and Moosejaw locations.

Screenshot from FDNY video.

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — City Lithium-ion Task Force officials closed a Queens e-scooter business last week saying the location was rebuilding lithium-ion battery packs into what it labeled "Frankenstein batteries" that violated the city fire code.

Tagged Electric bike

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Early adopters of Apple's Vision Pro headset — which went on sale Friday starting at $3,499 — will be able to browse bikes and other sports gear on a special Decathlon shopping app. 

Win Allen.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — For our January magazine edition, we introduce our 2024 State of Retail panelists and their shops, representing a variety of bicycle businesses in nine U.S. states.

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SEATTLE (BRAIN) — REI is laying off 357 employees as the cooperative braces for a challenging year. CEO Eric Artz told employees the news on Thursday.

Rendering of the Miami Ramona's restaurant.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (BRAIN) — The high-end brick-and-mortar and online retail giant R&A Cycles, in business since 1976, is opening its third location. And like its second location, which launched in the California Bay Area just as the pandemic began, store #3 is a long way from the R&A’s origins in Brooklyn. It’s in Coral Gables, near Miami.

Haro is showing its new Saguaro line at CABDA West (Photo courtesy of Haro)

ONTARIO, Calif. (BRAIN) — Since its inaugural California show in 2019, CABDA West has almost always seemed to be buffeted by winter storms that hampered retail attendance. This year appears to be the exception, show organizer Jim Kersten told BRAIN on Tuesday.

Tagged Electric bike / CABDA

RICHMOND, Va. (BRAIN) — Giant Bicycle has filed a lawsuit against Coqui Cyclery for unpaid inventory, while a customer is suing the same shop saying the retailer took payment for a bike assembly that was never completed.

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SEATTLE (BRAIN) — REI Co-op will close its Santa Monica, California, store in February because of the operation's rising costs.

The downtown location is 32,000 square feet and closes officially on Feb. 29.

IRVINE, Calif. (BRAIN) — The National Bicycle Dealers Association has elected Clark Butcher, from Victory Bicycle Studio in Memphis, and Greg McDonald, from Ridleys in Calgary, to its Board of Directors.

ALBANY, N.Y. (BRAIN) — State Sen. Iwen Chu recently introduced four bills to address the growing threat of lithium-ion battery fires that have plagued New York City, including one that would require all e-bike and e-scooter shops in the state to have fire suppression measures in place.

Tagged Electric bike
Podcst host Diane Jenks is featuring retailers who have a holiday "kindness" story to tell.

(BRAIN) — John Robinson, the owner of Johnny Velo Bikes in Columbus, Ohio, is featured in the newest episode of the Outspoken Cyclist podcast.

Podcast host Diane Jenks said she is featuring retailers who are making a difference in their local communities during the holiday season.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — For some retailers like Russ Chandler, the upcoming Small Business Saturday is a big deal following a trying year in the industry.

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