North Carolina’s Motion Makers Bicycle Shop to open third store in May

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BRAIN) — Retailer Kent Cranford has announced plans to open a third Motion Makers Bicycle Shop later this spring.

Calgary Cycle opens new location

CALGARY, Alberta (BRAIN) — Calgary Cycle, which claims to be the oldest bike shop in the city, has opened a new, 12,000-square-foot store for the 2018 season.

Just Ride LA reopens as a Giant Partner Store

LOS ANGELES (BRAIN) — Just Ride LA, a store that started in a garage in 2006, has been remodeled and has reopened as a Giant Partner Store.

Princeton Sports closing one location after selling building

BALTIMORE (BRAIN) — Princeton Sports, a third-generation ski and bike retailer that dates to 1936, is closing one of its two locations after selling the real estate. The retailer began a liquidation sale at its 17,000-square foot Columbia, Maryland, store on Thursday.

BikeBookings software helps stores communicate with service customers, manage service area

PERTH, Australia (BRAIN) —, an Australian company that offers a software package for bike service department management and communication, is now available in the U.S. BikeBookings allows consumers to book service appointments online, any time of the day, through a mobile app or website widget that can be customized with the store’s branding. The system also allows the store to communicate with customers through a chat feature in the mobile app or via email or texts.

Florida retailers and suppliers brace for Irma

MIAMI (BRAIN) — On the heels of flooding and devastation in Houston following Hurricane Harvey, Florida businesses are bracing for what is being forecasted as a Category 5 storm set to hit the state this weekend. Irma was set to hit Southern Florida by early Sunday, but mandatory evacuations had been issued by Thursday in some parts of Miami-Dade County and public schools in the county were closed Thursday and Friday. Mack’s Cycle & Fitness, one of the Miami area’s largest retailers, was closing early Thursday afternoon when BRAIN called.  “We’ll be closed through the weekend and I hope we can re-open Monday or Tuesday depending on how the weekend goes,” said Isabella Rojas, a lead salesperson at Mack’s

Houston retailers brave Hurricane Harvey

HOUSTON (BRAIN) — A massive slice of southeast Texas is essentially shut down for business as Hurricane Harvey continues to drench the region in rainfall. Steve Matill, director of sales for Hans Johnsen Company, a Dallas-based distributor, said he knows of at least five stores that are flooded and most likely several more

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Specialized opens company-owned store in Costa Mesa, California

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (BRAIN) — Specialized Bicycle Components has opened a company-owned store in Costa Mesa, California, which the company said it considers “an investment to support the growth of the cycling community in Southern California and to test opportunities and experience learnings first-hand to better support retail partners.” The store is a full-service retail location, selling both bikes and equipment, with limited inventory and a focus on blending digital and physical retail. Additionally, there is a large focus on custom apparel tailored to a Southern California theme

First Flight Bicycles to remain open following sale

STATESVILLE, N.C. (BRAIN) — In the months following retailer Jeff Archer’s death after being struck by a car while crossing the street last July, the fate of his shop, First Flight Bicycles, remained uncertain

New owner reopens Delaware shop as Giant Partner Store