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LOUISVILLE, Colo. (BRAIN) — John Levisay, who has led The Pro's Closet for the past 2½ years, will leave his position as CEO at the end of this month to spend more time with his family.

ASPEN, Colo. (BRAIN) — Vail Resorts is closing 19 retail locations in the Colorado mountains. Most of the locations offered winter sports sales and rentals, but several of them also offered bike sales and rentals. The closures will cost 69 workers their jobs.

PITTSBURGH (BRAIN) — Dick's Sporting Goods reported record full-year 2022 net sales while fourth-quarter sales grew 7.3% year-over-year.

Tagged Earnings/Financial Reports
FDNY began cracking down on some retailers even before the law's passage.

NEW YORK (BRAIN) — Shops will have six months to sell non-certified bikes. What then?

Tagged Electric bike
REI workers after the vote. RWDSU photo.

CLEVELAND (BRAIN) — Workers at an REI location in Beachwood, Ohio, near Cleveland, have voted to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). It will become the third REI store that is unionized, following stores in California and New York.

Two cyclists killed and 11 hospitalized. Supporters launch a crowdfunding page for victims.

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (BRAIN) — Trek Bicycle Store West Phoenix sales and service employee Mike Smith is recovering from surgery in intensive care after being injured when the driver of a pickup truck ran into the back of a group of cyclists he was riding with on Saturday.

James Kincheloe

GARLAND, Texas (BRAIN) — Friends and family of James Kincheloe have started a crowd-funding campaign to help with memorial expenses.

Kincheloe was found dead Feb. 16 at Don Johle's Bike World, where he worked. A fellow employee arriving for work found Kincheloe dead of an apparent gunshot wound.

PITTSBURGH (BRAIN) — Dick's Sporting Goods said it has agreed to acquire the specialty outdoor retailer Moosejaw from Walmart.

Tagged Mergers, Acquisitions & Investments
Moves into Motion Makers space after Specialized closes location.

CHEROKEE, N.C. (BRAIN) — Brett Hackshaw and Ben King always have wanted to test the "beer, gear, and bikes" business model, and after Specialized closed the Motion Makers Bicycle Shop location here in January, they soon will have that opportunity.

CLEVELAND (BRAIN) — After REI Co-op’s Beachwood suburb store employees walked off the job minutes before their shifts Friday morning, the store agreed to terms with the union to hold an election.

CLEVELAND (BRAIN) — REI Co-op and the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union failed to agree on a contract to hold an election at REI's Beachwood, Ohio, store last week. The National Labor Relations Board scheduled a hearing Friday.

LOUISVILLE, Colo. (BRAIN) — The Pro's Closet bills its pilot store here as "The Denver metro area's largest bike shop."

LOUISVILLE, Colo. (BRAIN) — The Pro's Closet has made its second round of layoffs in the past three months on Thursday, the result of continued economic headwinds facing the cycling industry.

Meet BRAIN's 2023 State of Retail Panel, representing nine shops with 223 combined years in business.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (BRAIN) — A newly opened bike shop is now the UAE's exclusive Cannondale distributor.

The Cyclery in Dubai was opened by the Emsons Group, a family-owned business with roots in the UAE for more than 100 years.

WILMINGTON, Del. (BRAIN) — A bankruptcy court is auctioning the remaining assets of CleverTraining, an e-commerce site that once offered cycling, triathlon and other endurance sports gear. Also being auctioned are the assets of Olympia Sports, the former Northeast sporting goods retailer. 

Joe Elam.

BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — For our December magazine edition, we asked our State of Retail panel members: What plans and predictions do you have for your business in 2023?

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Angela Wright in the Park City store.

PARK CITY, Utah (BRAIN) — Bingham Cyclery, a 60-year-old Salt Lake City retail mainstay, is opening a location in Park City to serve a growing e-bike market.

It's Bingham's fifth location and its first in Summit County. It will stock e-bikes exclusively.

Tagged Electric bike
Photo credit — Carroll Fire News

WESTMINSTER, Md. (BRAIN) — White's Bicycles owner Bradley White was killed when his shop caught fire early Monday morning. He was 55.

Photo from Steven Pringle's GoFundMe page.

KINGSFORD, Mich. (BRAIN) — Steven Pringle, the owner and operator of Build a Bicycle and Bicycle Therapy in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, died Nov. 23 in an auto accident in Florida. Pringle was driving to deliver free bikes to kids who were displaced by Hurricane Ian.


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