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REI to close all 143 stores on Black Friday

Staff writer ▼ | October 28, 2015
In a letter addressed to its 5.5 million members, REI announced plans to close its doors on Black Friday at all 143 of its retail locations, headquarters and two distribution centers.
Staying outside   REI has given $5.9 million to more than 300 nonprofit
Instead of reporting to work, the co-op is paying its 12,000 employees so they can do what they love most – be outside. Starting today, the co-op is inviting the nation to join in by choosing to #OptOutside to reconnect with family and friends this Thanksgiving holiday.

To help aspiring adventurers choose how to #OptOutside, features recommended hiking trails, many built and nurtured by nonprofits supported by REI. Co-op employees and members will be sharing thousands of outdoor experiences throughout the holiday season and afterwards.

On the day itself, will feature a black takeover screen that encourages customers to #OptOutside.

In 2015 alone, REI has given $5.9 million to more than 300 nonprofits to take care of 1,000 outdoor spaces in communities across America. REI has invested more than $60 million in the outdoor community.