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Comment by RunLikeADog on January 31, 2014 at 8:10am
Having owned and operated two storefront businesses in the Albuquerque area, I can empathize with the owner of the Kickstand especially the part where people come into the store, inspect an item then go and purchase it online. No matter how much value I tried to add to being a locally owned shop, people more often than not opted for cheaper prices online.
Comment by Hunter on January 31, 2014 at 8:53am

The Sears Outlet is simply the latest entry into Albuquerque's swing to down market retail (Conn's, Gordmans).  The bigger story are recent projections on the future of malls in general and Sears in particular, said to looking at closing many stores.

Comment by once banned twice shy on January 31, 2014 at 12:42pm

It is a pity that Kickstand is closing and it is a pity that people take up a store owners' time and resources shopping for something and then go find it online for less.  It's a disease we suffer from in this country:  the bottom line is saving money--no matter the long term cost.

Comment by Johnny_Mango on February 1, 2014 at 9:31am

I agree about the bike shop and people who kick the tires, try out sizes, and then buy on-line.  However, since tune-ups and maintenance are a pretty big issue with bicycles maybe it is not as big a problem as it would be for, say, a camera store.

Anyway, another aspect for bike shops is that they tend to do well during periods of shifts in the popularity of different kinds of when mountain bikes first came out, then the shift back to road bikes and racing, then fixies, now maybe urban bikes and electrically aided bikes.  Also, under 50cc scooters are probably taking their toll.  And don't forget big box stores like REI and TREK.  It's a tough business with lots of changes in fashion.  The only thing the seems to remain is good quality service...and that doesn't pay too well.


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