Has anybody else encountered wholesale suppliers requiring you to have a brick & mortar storefront with a purpose to open an account? In that case, how did you get round this?

I’m engaged on a Shopify retailer within the biking area of interest and nearly all wholesale distributors within the US for something biking associated require all new supplier candidates to have a brick & mortar retailer and a full service space.

Why do wholesalers require this and the way can I am going about navigating this requirement with out sinking tens of 1000’s of {dollars} into startup prices with a brick & mortar store?

Thanks, as all the time.