REI to open first New Hampshire store in North Conway
REI Co-op is set to open its first New Hampshire store in the village of North Conway on September 27.
Located in the Settlers Green shopping area, the 24,779 square-foot store includes an 18,750 square-foot storefront, as well as an adjacent 6,029 square-foot space, and features a new retail concept that prioritizes the company’s outdoor activity offerings.
Creating jobs for 30 employees in North Conway, the store will offer a variety of REI’s outdoor gear, in addition to offering guided outdoor experiences and a variety of equipment for rent.
With its close proximity to New Hampshire’s White Mountains, REI North Conway will offer gear and outdoor experiences to a community of 53,000 REI co-op members located in the state.
“North Conway is an exciting location, as it allows us to serve our New England members in the heart of where they recreate,” said Rachel Ligtenberg, REI vice president of retail. “By combining retail, outdoor experiences and rentals all into one seamless in-store experience, REI North Conway can help every kind of adventurer get outside in the White Mountains.”
In order to support the local outdoor community, REI said it is investing $20,000 in the Mt. Washington Valley Trails Association to help construct the North Conway Recreation Path. Over the past three years, the company has further supported the area by donating over $200,000 to the National Forest Foundation to support trail restoration work along the the White Mountain National Forest’s Crawford Path.
The new North Conway location joins eight other REI stores located throughout New England, including four in Massachusetts, three in Connecticut and one in Rhode Island.
REI announced that it plans to open its first store in Vermont this coming November.
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