Jump in Sales at Local Bike Shop
PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) - While many businesses have been struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic, others have seen a jump in sales. News Source 8′s Cam Smith has more on the high demand and why restocking is also an issue.
“So I think everything combined, it’s just been a phenomenal year for any outdoor recreation business.”
From bikes to disc golf, local businesses here in Aroostook county have seen an increase in sales.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, people have turned to outdoor activities to pass the time. At Bike Board & Ski, Andrew Bouchard has noticed this sales increase.
“As you can tell by some of our bike racks are a little empty right now, but we’ve seen an increase and a lot of factors come into play. Number one being COVID, stimulus money, and everybody just trying to get outdoors because that’s one of the only things that they can do right now to socially distance.”
Bouchard adds that people are making the most of this summer.
“You know, a lot of families getting into it. So, mom and dad getting bikes for their kids… and then coming back and getting bikes for themselves, which is nice to see. People are actually getting outside and getting more active and being healthy and doing stuff as families. There’s a lot of bad to this but there’s a lot of good to it too so.”
Not only are bikes flying off the shelves, Bouchard has also seen an increase in other areas as well.
“Definitely bikes, there’s slim pickings on mountain bikes right now and we’re struggling to get the supply of those back up to stock. We also brought in disc golf this summer those are doing great, camping gear, tents, sleeping bags and stuff like that has definitely picked up this summer.”
With the demand continuing to be high right now, another employee at the store told us that manufacturers have been unable to keep up, resulting in only a handful of bikes on each order. The shop is hoping to replenish the stock fully for next year.
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