REI Will Be Closed on Black Friday

Oct 24, 2016

It's not yet Halloween, but it's already time to start thinking about your Black Friday plan. One store you can already cross off your list? Sporting goods retailer REI, which will be closed on Black Friday for the second year in a row.

Last year, REI pushed the #OptOutside campaign on the busy shopping day, encouraging people to be active rather than go shopping. In addition to stores remaining closed, online orders will not be processed. Employees will still be paid for the day, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The Tribune reports that the company is "working with more than 200 organizations from the nonprofit, private and public sectors, including the National Parks Service" to push the campaign further this year.

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REI is one of the first stores to announce it will remain closed the day after Thanksgiving this year, in addition to fellow sporting goods shop Outdoor Research. Staples and the Mall of America will remain closed on the actual holiday this year (Home Depot, H&M, and GameStop did so last year).

On the other end of the spectrum, Macy's announced that select stores will open even earlier this year than in past years. JCPenney, Kmart, Target, and Toys R Us stores will also be open on November 24.

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