Evans Cycles (and Sports Direct) closes bricks and mortar stores during coronavirus lockdown

Evans Cycles is temporarily closing its physical stores during the UK’s coronavirus lockdown.

Like all UK bicycle retailers – Evans Cycles has been permitted to remain open during the lockdown, but owner Mike Ashley has opted to keep business for the brand online only during the temporary measures. Ashley initially attracted strong criticism when he announced his intention to keep Sports Direct stores (some of which include Evans concessions) open during the lockdown, and the U-turn followed pressure on the firm.

A statement from Evans yesterday reads: “Following the announcement on 23rd March, we have taken the difficult decision to temporarily close all Evans Cycles Stores from 10am Tuesday 24th March. We are reviewing our position and will make an announcement soon.

“In light of the current uncertainty surrounding the recent outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we want to reassure customers that we are taking all necessary steps to follow the guidance given by the Government and the World Health Organisation. Our priority is making sure that we are operating in a way which protects the health and wellbeing of our customers, colleagues and partners.

We remain open for business online with deliveries continuing. Our warehouse works to strict health & safety guidelines and we are continually working with our delivery partners to make sure that we are operating in the safest way possible.”

There are a number of measures bike shops can undertake to help reduce the spread of coronavirus, some of which are covered here.