Cycle Republic stores have been closed while the firm considers how best to operate safely and in compliance with Covid-19 prevention measures.
The Halfords-owned retail chain has had a tumultuous few weeks. In mid-March, Halfords confirmed it was proposing the closure of the chain, as well as Boardman Performance Centre. Cycle Republic has 22 stores in the portfolio.
CycleSurgery, which has also had a troubled few months, has also closed all its stores temporarily during the Covid-19 lockdown. Cycle Surgery currently has 10 physical stores.
Jose Finch, MD of owner Outdoor and Cycle Concepts, said: At times like these, the well-being of our customers, staff and partners is more important than ever.
“Our Head Office teams are working from home and our stores are now temporarily closed, with expert advice and inspiration available online to help customers enjoy the outdoors in a sustainable and safe way. Our passion and knowledge for what we do remains the same, if not more in these difficult times.”
Both chains remain open online.
Fellow bike retail chain Evans Cycles has kept 11 of its stores open, after a series of U-turns by owner Mike Ashley.
Bike shops in the UK have been given special dispensation to remain open during the Covid-19 lockdown.