Outpost Sports activities and Bikes in Mishawaka introduced it can quickly shut the retail portion of its enterprise.
The retail retailer at 3602 Grape Street will shut Nov. 1 whereas the restore store will stay open by the winter, proprietor JV Peacock mentioned. The seashore shops in New Buffalo and South Haven, the place prospects can lease gadgets equivalent to paddle boards and kayaks, will reopen for the summer season season in Could 2021 and plans for the seashore volleyball leagues will proceed.
Closing the retail a part of the enterprise is not one thing Peacock and his spouse, Sue, took frivolously. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, demand for bicycles has soared. However many bike factories throughout Asia finally closed or slowed down manufacturing, causing the area’s biggest bike shortage in 45 years.
“We did terribly nicely to start with however we simply can’t get any bikes,” Peacock mentioned.
Since 1974, Outpost Sports activities has lengthy been an area retail establishment for all issues sports activities and out of doors tools associated, promoting bikes, skis, snowboards, kayaks, tenting items and the entire associated clothes. It had additionally been a spot for group, internet hosting seashore volleyball leagues, ski journeys and weekly bike rides that drew as much as 200 cyclists.
Earlier this yr, the Peacocks deliberate to retire and a brand new purchaser for the shop had expressed curiosity. However when plans for the brand new purchaser fell by, Peacock determined it was a very good time to hone in on what the shop had all the time accomplished nicely and, in April, began selling bicycles exclusively.
Throughout the subsequent 5 months, Peacock mentioned the shop did very nicely however maintaining it stocked was one other story.
“This COVID factor was good and it was dangerous,” Peacock mentioned. “It was good that, if you got here in right here in April, the shop was packed. However within the first of July, it was a special story. … It’s been a really uncommon yr.”
The shop will start its closing sale Tuesday with stock discounted as much as 60% off. Retailer credit score or 5 star factors have to be redeemed by Oct. 31.
“We have had an amazing run of enterprise and an important clientele for 46 years and we really feel very fortunate,” Peacock mentioned. “We want to thank all our prospects for making this enjoyable and with the ability to assist them for 46 years.”