Orlando bike stores see growth in business
June 9, 2013 by James
Bicycle stores in Central Florida, particularly in the Orlando area, have reported tremendous growth recently due to weather (which has been moderate for this time of year), a trail network in the area (which is rather extensive), and even tourists from Brazil who find products in this country less expensive than in their own country and who are helping to maintain high record sales.
Performance Bicycle expanded into Florida this year with four stores in the state and one that recently opened in Winter Park. Winter Park Cycles doubled the size of its original store and opened a new one, and Orange Cycle in College Park is expanding. This growth has occurred at a time when the Internet and big retailers such as Wal-Mart have dug deeply into the profits of independent cycling shops.
According to Mike Baker, a spokesman for the National Bicycle Dealers Association, manufacturers have begun enforcing policies with regard to minimum-advertised pricing so that prices on the Internet for certain name brands cannot be as deeply discounted as they once were. Retailers in the area are hailing this decision, as they feel it helps to provide a place for brick-and-mortar bike retailers in the overall business. The smaller stores, such as Orange Cycle and Winter Park Cycle, seem more concerned about the arrival of Performance in the area as some consider it the Wal-Mart of bicycle stores.