LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BRAIN) — After Vista Outdoor announced the sale of its firearms brands last week, REI quickly said it would resume buying products from the company, which owns the Bell, Giro, Blackburn and CamelBak brands, among others.
Some bike retailers who had been boycotting Vista over its sale of firearms and support for the NRA also have returned to the fold.
Louisville’s Parkside Bikes is “on board again. Without the firearms we are good to go,” said co-owner Jef Meyers. Myers said he had kept in touch with the brands’ sales rep and expected to resume the business as soon as the sale was announced. Meyers said he was able to increase sales of other brands during the boycott, but is looking forward to having the Vista brands back, especially Giro.
In Portland, Oregon, retailer Erik Tonkin said he was not ready to stock Vista Outdoor products yet since the company continues to sell ammunition. Tonkin, owner of Sellwood Cycle, doesn’t expect Vista Outdoor to sell its ammunition brands. But he’s waiting for the company to follow through on its promise to sell the bike P&A brands.
“It’s their ammunition business that really drives the company,” Tonkin said. …read more