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Decathlon outlines how lockdown store restrictions affect cyclists wanting to shop there

Some stores are providing click & collect, others are selling bikes and scooters and have workshops open


Decathlon, one of the country’s leading retailers of bicycles and cycling parts and accessories, has outlined to how new store restrictions put in place in England in response to the government’s latest restrictions to try and contain the spread of the coronavirus are affecting its stores.

The UK arm of the French-owned business’s website currently details which stores are open and for which goods and services, split under four columns – Entire store, Bikes & scooters only, C&C [click & collect] and Workshop.

In Scotland, stores in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow (Braehead) are fully open, as is the company’s store in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

None of the company’s 40 stores in England is fully open, but many are providing click & collect facilities and, in a number of locations, are also selling bikes and scooters, as well as their workshops operating. More details can be found here.

Decathlon UK cycling market leader, Peter Lazarus, told “I can confirm that not all stores have remained open but a variety of elements come into play, not only a location within a shopping centre.

“For example our store in Cambridge remains open for cycles and the workshop, and it is located within a shopping centre.

“Factors such as projected drop in footfall, local demand, nearby stores and customer/colleague safety are all weighed up before making the final decision.”

When England first entered lockdown back in March, there was huge demand for bicycles as well as parts and accessories, leading to supply chain issues across a number of retailers, including Decathlon.

We asked Lazarus if it was the same this time around.

“Once again, we are experiencing a big surge in sales for spare parts online albeit not as insane as during the first large scale lockdown,” he replied.

“Availability is sketchy in quite a few categories but we're using our European supply network to bring in more stock in key lines as well as working with our existing local suppliers to obtain additional stock.”

Many of the products Decathlon sells fall under its own brands, and as a global retailer, the high demand for bikes and cycling products internationally also comes into the picture, as Lazarus pointed out.

“The very high demand of 2020 coupled with a strain on worldwide supply continues to make these very challenging times with no let-up in the short term,” he said.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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Brightspark | 3 years ago
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I don't think that they should be worried about crowds.

We won't shop there because of the "Be the first cyclist to indicate" campaign and they also sell bullets designed to kill song birds.

It's a shame because they have some good kit.

half_wheel79 replied to Brightspark | 3 years ago
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Brightspark wrote:

and they also sell bullets designed to kill song birds.

not in the UK. They're a sporting goods store they cater for all sports. 

jh2727 replied to half_wheel79 | 3 years ago

half_wheel79 wrote:

Brightspark wrote:

and they also sell bullets designed to kill song birds.

not in the UK. They're a sporting goods store they cater for all sports. 

They cater for all sports - but not in the UK. Well the sell some shooting kit (clothing etc.) but not any shotgun cartridges. I would have thought the campaigners who are concerned about songbirds would do better targetting government rather than individual retailers.

BTW what's the 'be the first to indicate' all about? I've not seen that.

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