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IRC partners with BookAShop to rebuild shoppers’ confidence

The Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC) has partnered with BookAShop in order to rebuild shoppers’ confidence. In the short-term, the booking service app will facilitate reopening strategies and social distancing measures while ensuring the safety of both customers and staff. It is designed for retailers of all sizes and locations and …

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Retail shows signs of recovery but ‘little cause for optimism’

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has reported a rise in retail sales in July, but said there is ‘little cause for optimism’ as many shops continued to struggle. On a total basis, sales increased by 3.2% in July, against an increase of 0.5% in July 2019. It is above the …

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Evans Cycles opens new Leicester store

Evans Cycles has today announced the opening of its brand new Leicester store. With over 11,500 square feet, the new store will stock over 300 bikes for customers to see in person as well as the latest products from brands like Trek, Specialised, Cannondale, Brompton, Pinnacle, Raleigh, Castelli, GORE, FOX …

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Cycle Surgery closing last high street store today

Cycle Surgery is closing its last high street store, Bishops Square in London, today, 31st July. It will cease trading online on 31st August 2020. For the month of August, prices on the website will have an extra 10% off sale. “As the brand closes its doors for the last …

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How to make your bike shop COVID-secure

During the COVID-19 pandemic, cycle shops have seen a surge in demand. Plastor outlines how these practical storage solutions can make your shop safer and more efficient

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The future of retail post-COVID-19

COVID-19 has shaken up our lives in a way no-one could have imagined six months ago, including the way we shop. Thankfully for the cycling industry, bike shops were a notable exception to stores that were told to temporarily close when lockdown was announced, and while some did shut their …

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UK footfall recovery ‘remains sluggish’

UK footfall decreased 49.6% year-on-year during the third week of shops reopening in England and NI, compared to a decrease of 53.4% year-on-year for the previous week, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has found. Total retail footfall for the week increased 15.3% week-on-week, with high streets and shopping centres showing …

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Schwalbe to assist retailers with volunteer programme

Schwalbe has launched a volunteer programme to assist retailers with a surge in business, particularly for service and repairs. The programme will allow retailers in the UK access to a Schwalbe sales promoter who will work as an extra pair of hands, either in the workshop or on the shop …

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Halfords reports surge in cycling sales

Halfords has reported strong growth in cycling sales during the COVID-19 lockdown. Group sales for the 13 weeks to 3rd July were down 2.8% compared to last year and down 6.5% on a LFL basis, “significantly better” than anticipated in late-March, Halfords said, and an improvement on the 23% LFL …

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