Some Bay Area stores declare themselves ‘essential’ and remain open despite order

By Steve Frothingham

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Despite an order from Bay Area health officials that all “non-essential” businesses close Tuesday, at least a few bike shops remain open, arguing that they are performing an essential service during the region’s shelter-in-place order.

Mike Jacoubowsky, owner of Chain Reaction Bicycles in Redwood City, said the store was open Tuesday.

“We are open until told otherwise,” Jacoubowsky told BRAIN. “We will engage the relevant authorities (which we tried to do yesterday) and make our case.”

On Monday, Jacoubowsky tracked sales at the store and determined that 70% of transactions were for essential transportation needs, including service and repair parts. He categorized new bike sales and accessory purchases as non-essential. Jacoubowsky said he expected to eventually reach out to authorities to make the case that shops should be officially declared essential.

Market Street Cycles in San Francisco is making a similar argument.

“OK, new plan,” the store said on its Facebook page Tuesday. “We are declaring ourselves an essential service much like auto repair shops which are allowed to remain open.”

Mike’s Bikes, which has 12 locations in the Bay Area, continues to operate its mobile service and online sales, said Ken Martin, the …read more

Via:: Bicycle Retailer and Industry News