REI Treks into Fairbanks, Alaska in the Spring of 2014
National Outdoor Retailer to Open Second Alaska Location
Dec 10, 2013
SEATTLE – Beginning in the spring of 2014, Alaskans can gear up for their outdoor adventures at a new REI location in Fairbanks, Alaska. The 30,000 square foot store will be located at the southwest corner of Old Steese Highway and College Avenue.
REI is the nation’s leading outdoor retailer with the top brands of camping, climbing, cycling, fitness, hiking, paddling, snow sports and travel products. The new Fairbanks store will house a bike shop, and ski and snowboard shop to offer expert assembly and repair services, and host free in-store classes.
“Whether hiking, skiing or practicing yoga, Alaskans are some of the most active people in the country,” said Kevin Golic, REI retail director for the Washington and Alaska district. “REI is honored to join the Fairbanks community and help outfit them for their adventurous lifestyles.”
REI has a long history in Alaska and opened its Anchorage store in 1979.
With 132 stores and 5.1 million active members, REI is the nation’s largest consumer cooperative. Anyone may shop with REI, but members pay a one-time $20 fee to receive a share in profits through an annual member refund. Members also receive discounts on REI Outdoor School and in-store classes, and REI Adventures trips.
REI will hire approximately 50 new employees for its new Fairbanks store. Interested candidates can sign up online to be notified when REI begins accepting applications. Employees receive a variety of benefits, including generous product and service discounts, competitive pay and retirement contributions. For 16 consecutive years, REI has been recognized as one of FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” The company is currently number 17 on the 2013 list.
REI’s mission is to inspire, educate and outfit its members and the community for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. As part of this work, the retailer partners with local nonprofits across the country that restore and maintain well-known trails, parks and waterways.
In the past ten years, REI has supported Anchorage-area nonprofits and recreational places through 50 grants totaling $320,000. The 2013 grant recipients include Alaska Geographic, Friends of Eagle River Nature Center and Singletrack Advocates. Additional information is available on REI.com/stewardship.
About the REI Co-op
REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of 21.5 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 179 locations in 42 states and the District of Columbia. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.com, REI Outlet or the REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. Adventurers can take the trip of a lifetime with REI’s active adventure travel company that runs more than 100 itineraries across the country. In many communities where REI has a presence, professionally trained instructors share their expertise by hosting beginner-to advanced-level classes and workshops about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to—and steward—the outdoor places that inspire us all.