So there's a building across the street from my house that used to be a rug store or some such niche store, and it went out of business last year or so. A few weeks ago I noticed an Orbea banner hanging in the window and drove by and woo-hoo! New bike shop!
But as it came closer to time to open up (their grand opening is Saturday), I began to notice that there weren't any other signs going up. Walking by it, I've noticed that every single bike I can see is Orbea, and they don't seem to have much in the way of accessories (looks like a small rack) or tools or anything, and their shop space looked tiny too.
Given that they open Saturday and it's still like this, the only thing I can think of is that they're exclusively an Orbea dealer.
To me this seems stupid; There are at least 4 or 5 other large bike shops in town (Little Rock), but there's still plenty of market to go around ... but given that one of the other bike shops already sells Orbea, and the brand really serves mostly just really high end, and given that it doesn't look like they do much in the way of other services/accessories, do they really have much of a chance?
I want to get excited because, hey, it's a bike shop *across the street!* ... But I can't help feeling a bit disappointed because it seems like they're doomed
I'll definitely be checking it out Saturday, so I'll find out more then - maybe I'm getting the wrong impression from outside