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Outdoor retailer REI said it is walking away from its nearly completed corporate campus in suburban Seattle and will shift headquarters operations to sites across the Seattle area as the coronavirus pandemic affects how it does business.
Starting Wednesday, Seattle-area REI fans can enjoy at least a taste of the prepandemic shopping experience as the outdoor retailer partly opens six local locations under Washington’s new coronavirus rules.
After thousands of miles on the the trail, my old boots finally disintegrated. Thanks to REI, a new pair arrived, keeping me outdoors.
REI, the outdoor-sporting-goods retailer, closed three corporate campuses in Washington state after learning of two incidents of potential exposure to the coronavirus, which has businesses grappling with how to make employees feel safe. The cases met the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s definition of “low risk,” according to a company spokesman. That term generally applies to people who were in a room with an infected person but didn’t have close contact. The company will do a deep clean of the offices in Kent, Bellevue and Georgetown before allowing about 1,800 staff and contractors to return.
Mead High School graduate Nathan Isaac, a cancer survivor, has designed hats and beanies recently stocked at five flagship REI stores and online. A percentage of sales from Stalyon products will bring professional outdoor adventure photos to young cancer patients.
A documentary film following Spokane’s Brad Thiessen’s recovery from brain cancer will be shown Friday at REI (1125 N. Monroe St.)
Despite a business environment that is increasingly hostile to physical retailers, REI is delivering impressive results.
Even under ordinary circumstances, the seventh Classics concert of the season by the Spokane Symphony would have attracted special attention by virtue of its program. Circumstances, however, are not ordinary. Our orchestra is searching for someone to take the place of Eckart Preu, current music director and principal conductor, when he leaves at the end of this season, and so interest is high in Rei Hotoda, the conductor of this past weekend’s demanding program.
“Classics 7” also features guest violinist Angelo Xiang Yu performing Erich Korngold’s Violin Concerto.
Officials say the president and CEO of outdoor retailer REI has resigned for failing to disclose a relationship he had with the head of another organization in the outdoor industry
Two years after jumping into a fight with the Trump administration over public lands, the U.S. outdoor industry is turning up the political pressure – though its impact is difficult to measure.
Spokane has been ranked one as of the best U.S. cities for outdoor access.
REI will host a Pray for Snow party on Nov. 11. Those in attendance can wear retro ski outfits and have a chance at winning prizes from REI.
REI has given $15,000 in grants toward mountain biking and climbing projects in the Spokane area.
By the fall of 2020, every tent REI sells will be free of harmful flame-retardant chemicals. Sunscreens will not contain coral-reef-bleaching oxybenzone. Wool or down products will come from humanely treated sheep and geese.
Public pressure against companies connected to the gun industry following last month’s school shooting in Florida has hit an unlikely target: REI, the outdoors co-op better known for its public lands advocacy, liberal return policy and annual dividend for customers.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday accused outdoor retailer Patagonia of lying when it said that President Donald Trump “stole your land” by shrinking two national monuments in Utah by some 2 million acres.
Finding quality outdoor gear at a price that won’t cause shock seems nearly impossible nowadays. Advancements in durability, weight reduction, and tech invariably push retail costs higher.
REI has announced a refocus on women. The company, full name Recreational Equipment Inc., is a co-op with millions of members and billions of dollars in revenue.
Mary Anderson, a climbing enthusiast who helped start the outdoor retailer REI that has become the nation’s largest consumer-owned retail cooperative, has died at 107.