REI Black Friday 2016 Plans Announced

Posted: Oct 24 2016, 6:28am CDT | by , in Black Friday 2019


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REI Black Friday 2016 Plans Announced
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The outdoor retailer REI has revealed their Black Friday 2016 plans.

There will be again no REI Black Friday sale this year. The $2.4 billion outdoor co-op, has announced that it will close its doors once more this Black Friday 2016. REI is again like last year not just keeping stores closed on Thanksgiving Day, the retailer goes all the way and cancels Black Friday completely.

REI says that it is giving the #OptOutside campaign to the outdoor community to lift up and celebrate the people who dedicate their lives to the outdoors. A vast network of organizations has united already to mobilize millions more to embrace the outdoors and create a new holiday tradition for all Americans.

“This year, REI will shut down on both Thanksgiving and Black Friday because fundamentally we believe that being outside makes us our best selves – healthier and happier, physically and mentally. But as a nation we’re still spending over 90 percent of our lives indoors and it’s a trend we need to tackle,” said REI CEO Jerry Stritzke. “I love that there is a community of people in this country who dedicate their lives to that mission, so together, we are asking America “Will you go out with us?”

REI is putting power in the hands of more than 6 million co-op members and lovers of the outdoors, asking every individual to invite someone else to choose the outdoors over fighting it out in the aisles. will serve as the hub to get involved, declare support, invite others to join the movement or simply find a place to play outdoors. Visitors can upload photos, share through social media, discover thousands of trails and parks nearby or get connected with non-profits that steward the outdoors.

REI gives 70 percent of its profits back to the outdoor community annually and has united more than 275 non-profit, government and corporate partners to inspire millions of people to hit the trails, parks and waterways on November 25.

Stritzke continued, “The moment we announced our decision last year, people who build their lives around the outdoors really embraced the idea of reclaiming Black Friday. It took on a life of its own and became about much more than REI. #OptOutside should be a platform for the nonprofits and public servants who are on the front lines of the outdoor community. They’re the ones who make the outdoors accessible for everyone. That’s why, from today onward, we’re going to lift them up as the official spokespeople for #OptOutside.”

The REI stance against Black Friday seems to work for the retailer. REI is still a business and has to be profitable. Keeping stores closed is the Black Friday weekend is not an option for most retailers. REI's business model is apparently suitable for skipping Black Friday and benefit from the positive marketing message.

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