Hats off to REI for Black Friday closing

12 thoughts on “Hats off to REI for Black Friday closing”

    1. I’m a member too, though I don’t do much outdoor stuff anymore. I suspect most of their clientele will be supportive of the move. And I hope it will demonstrate to all the other stores that you can observe a proper Thanksgiving holiday (for your employees and customers) and still have more than enough time to sell all your Christmas merchandise.

  1. REI might be taking a calculated risk,however they have my total support. I do not support or buy on blak Friday.Family time must come first. THANK YOU REI!

  2. Plus, they sell good products. I still have a windbreaker I bought 17 years ago. One piece finally snapped a couple of months ago, so I’ll just get another one.

  3. ‘Tis a grand old gesture for sure, one which the employees will certainly be grateful for but I think it goes without saying it is one which will gather no moss – moss being in this case other like retail businesses. Money will always and forever win the day and the employees who are affected will just have to grin and bear their fate of being unwilling participants. Happy Thanksgiving? Ehhhh… not so much for the working lot probably. 🙁

    1. Of course if they’d ALL close, then no one could buy from a competitor, and it would be a wash. Then everyone could enjoy Thanksgiving and the shoppers could all shop on another day, just as they used to.

      1. Maybe some retailers will follow REI’s example if they (REI) gain a lot of good will from this and don’t lose any money. Yeah, that’ll be the day … 🙁

  4. Much applause from here, too. Always liked the store – and have found they do carry all sorts of stuff around the holidays for gifts – even for non-hikers. (Have you seen they get holiday flavored Cliff bars like Gingerbread? Last year they had 4 flavors we couldn’t find anywhere else…but that may just be here. Those bars were a real hit as Santa stocking gifts.)

    1. Wouldn’t have expected to find ladies’ handbags there either, but almost bought one a few years ago. I’ll have to look for the Gingerbread Clif bars. Sound yummy.

... and that's my two cents