Company Press Release

REI to Open Redmond Town Center Store Oct. 9

KENT, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 1, 1998--Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) will officially open the doors to its new store in the Redmond Town Center on Friday, Oct. 9 at 8 a.m.

Store Manager Arleen Hiuga said that REI's Eastside members will be pleased with the results. ``We have a 14-year history on the Eastside, and our members have long been asking for a bigger store,'' said Hiuga. The new location is not only larger, but includes interactive store features and a broader product assortment.

Retail Director Jerry Chevassus says that the new 35,000-square- foot store ``is the best of the Seattle Flagship.'' Interactive features include water filtration and stove comparison stations, a footwear test trail and a 38-foot glass-enclosed climbing pinnacle. Climbers can choose from nine routes to the top, including a stair-step ``mountaineering route'' for beginning climbers.

Unique to the Redmond store will be a 9-foot-tall suspended sculpture called Pedaling Man, which celebrates Redmond's unofficial status as the cycling capital of the Northwest. Designed by local artist Peter Reiquam, Pedaling Man will simulate the speed and excitement of a criterion race from a spectator's point of vew.

The new store will carry quality REI label and national brand equipment, apparel, and footwear for the outdoor activities of climbing, camping, cycling, wintersports and paddling, and offer full-service bike and ski repair. Two interactive Internet kiosks will provide shoppers with access to in-depth product information and gear lists, and a meeting room will be available for activity clinics and meetings.

The new REI Redmond store is located at 166th Ave. N.E. and N.E. 76th St in the Redmond Town Center, and will replace REI's present Bellevue store located at 15400 N.E. 20th in Sherwood Center.

REI, a national retailer of outdoor gear and clothing, operates 51 retail stores in 21 states; an international mail order service; two online stores ( and; and REI Adventures, and adventure travel company.

     REI Public Affairs
     Devony Hastings, 253/395-4692

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