It has been a week since the 5th Flagship for the REI Co-Op opened in Washington D.C, and according to the General Manager, Becky Smith, the three-day block party exceeded her expectations.
When discussing the successful weekend, Becky had this to say of her experience.
“It was amazing to see the people come into the store and simply step back and say, “Wow!”. The lines of people waiting to check-out, engage with our vendors, talk to our Adventure Station or simply get a cup of coffee was indicative of what our goal was: bring together a sense of community and a place for people to dream about new adventures.” Said Becky Smith, the new General Manager for the D.C. Flagship.
The grand opening celebration of the store has faded, but their mark on the community is just starting.
The new Flagship is located on the Metropolitan Branch Trail by Noma-Galluadet Metro Station. The bike shop at the front of the store makes it easy for cyclists to bring their bike in for a quick repair.
Information from Infographic gathered from The Washington Post
Members of the Co-Op and the community are able to sign up for classes, such as paddling, climbing, or hiking, to prepare them for a better experience outside.
REI gives back to the community in a big way, as mentioned by the GM, Becky Smith, in last week’s article. Whether it be cleaning up trails in a park, or donating thousands to local non-profits, like WABA, REI is doing their part to make a positive impact on the Washington D.C. community.
For more information on REI Flagship in Washington D.C. and their contributions, visit their website.