Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale Of Cultural And Recreation Goods In Specialised Stores
47.64 - Retail sale of sporting equipment in specialised stores

226 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
16 March 2020
Employment effect (start)
16 March 2020
Foreseen end date


Halfords, the UK-based retailer of motoring, cycling and leisure products has announced that it will close all its 22 Cycle Republic shops, which specialise in selling bicycles, and a ‘performance centre’ located in Evesham by the end of 2020. The restructuring puts 226 jobs at risk of redundancy – the consultation process with employees and their representatives has already started.

A statement issued by the company says that the restructuring aims to make the business more profitable.

The first Cycle Republic store was opened in London in 2014 and its flagship store was opened by Olympic cyclist Victoria Pendleton. Cycle Republic supported large-scale cycling events around the UK.



Eurofound (2020), Halfords, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 100135, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/100135.