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Pandemic’s Cruel Joke on a Small Business: A Busy Bike Shop With No Bikes To Sell – The Wall Street Journal


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Pandemic’s Cruel Joke on a Small Business: A Busy Bike Shop With No Bikes To Sell – The Wall Street Journal

FERNDALE, Mich.—Bike shop owner Jon Hughes laughs when someone like me says, “Hey, at least you’re staying busy.” That comment shows how oblivious I was to the cruel joke the pandemic plays on an entrepreneur who has spent 10 years molding a business plan only to see it turned inside out overnight. His shops are…

FERNDALE, Mich.—Bike shop owner Jon Hughes laughs when someone like me says, “Hey, at least you’re staying busy.” That comment shows how oblivious I was to the cruel joke the pandemic plays on an entrepreneur who has spent 10 years molding a business plan only to see it turned inside out overnight.

His shops are jammed these days with beat-up Schwinns, Treks and Bianchis that need repairs. A line of people stand outside in the hot sun waiting for same-day remedies on bikes that are often older than the 37-year-old Mr. Hughes….

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