Is Bikehut being quietly shelved? - BikeBiz

Is Bikehut being quietly shelved?

The Havant Bikehut store, the only one that was standalone, bikes only and had no Halfords branding, is being converted into a cars-and-bikes Halfords. So, if the flagship store is no more, is this the end of Bikehut nationwide?
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The conversion is taking place right now, amid no fanfare. Store staff no longer answer the phone as 'Bikehut' but as 'Halfords'.

The Havant branch of Bikehut was, in effect, a corporate-owned IBD and the conversion into a standard Halfords is a significant move by the CVC-owned retail chain.

Or is it?

Halfords PR director Barbara Cadd says the conversion is not an indication of national changes.

"The Havant store was a tester store. We're changing the format of this particular store as part of the ongoing testing of retail formats."

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