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REI to sell new headquarters, shift work to other sites

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.

You gotta love new hiking boots

After thousands of miles on the the trail, my old boots finally disintegrated. Thanks to REI, a new pair arrived, keeping me outdoors.

REI shuts Washington campuses after potential virus exposure

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 graduate, REI team to bring outdoors to hospitalized kids

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.

Concert review: Conductor Rei Hotoda rises to demanding program

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.

REI leader resigns over undisclosed relationship

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

Bike helmets, ski goggles swept up in gun control debate

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.

REI aims to get more women outdoors

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.