REI to Open a Store in Tucson, Ariz. at the Tucson Mall - SNEWS

REI to Open a Store in Tucson, Ariz. at the Tucson Mall

Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), a national retail cooperative providing quality outdoor gear and clothing, today announced plans to open a new store in Tucson, Ariz. at the Tucson Mall in the spring of 2009.
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The 28,000 square-foot, two-story location will offer the top brands of outdoor gear and apparel for camping, climbing, cycling, fitness, hiking, paddling and travel, including the co-op's award-winning REI and Novara products. Additional store features include a gear rental department that will help encourage members and customers to explore new outdoor activities, a bike shop where technicians will provide quick assemblies or repairs, and a community space that REI and non-profit partners can utilize for classes, presentations and events.

“From rock climbing to cycling to camping, Tucson is home to some of the best places to recreate in the great outdoors,” said Doug Schmidt, REI retail director for the Southwest district. “With more than 5,800 active REI members residing in the area, we're excited to prepare them and other outdoor enthusiasts with the knowledge and right gear for their next adventure.”

REI is dedicated to inspiring, educating and outfitting its members and customers for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. As part of that commitment, the co-op partners with non-profit conservation and outdoor organizations in its communities through education, volunteerism, gear donations and financial contributions. In 2007, the company provided nearly $60,000 through grant support to nine nonprofit partners in Arizona, including Volunteers for Outdoor Arizona, which works to connect volunteers to stewardship opportunities across the state.

The Tucson REI will be the third location in Arizona, joining stores in Tempe, Ariz. and Paradise Valley, Ariz., which have served members and customers since 1986 and 1996 respectively. Through the company's work in these communities, the co-op helped organize nine conservation and restoration projects with more than 510 volunteers, who provided nearly 3,100 hours of service in the past year.

Hiring clinics will occur approximately two months prior to the store's opening, where the co-op will recruit approximately 60 employees who share a passion for the outdoors and quality customer service. More information about employment opportunities is available at www.rei.com/jobs.

While anyone may shop at REI, members pay a one-time $20 fee and receive a share in the company's profits through an annual member refund based on their purchases. Based on the co-op's 2007 sales, $62.8 million was distributed to its active members through the annual patronage dividend earlier this year.

About REI
REI is a national outdoor retail co-op dedicated to inspiring, educating and outfitting its members and the community for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. Founded in 1938 by a group of Pacific Northwest mountaineers seeking quality equipment, REI is committed to promoting environmental stewardship and increasing access to outdoor recreation through volunteerism, gear donations and financial contributions.

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