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Old 05-08-21, 02:31 PM
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The same thing happened here in the Portland area. There was a local chain of shops that were Trek dealers, but independently owned (so they also carried Orbea and several other brands). The owner wanted to retire, and apparently Trek made a reasonable offer. Trek closed a couple of the locations (probably the less profitable ones) -- I don't know if the staff were offered positions at one of the other stores, but some may have opted to go work at a different nearby bike shop.

It's too soon to see what the long-term effect will be. I now buy from a different shop because I'm friends with its owners. But before I met those owners, I did like small chain -- they had an impressive inventory because they could draw on all of their stores and their warehouse, yet each shop knew its customers and had some great clearance deals.

I do think it's increasingly difficult for independent bike shops to make a go of it.

FelixScout, I hope you have good experiences with your new-old shop.

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