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06/23/2023

REI to open re/supply store in Oregon

REI’s second standalone store dedicated to providing used gear for members will help keep outdoor products in circulation and support the co-op’s 2030 climate commitments.
Elizabeth Christenson
Editor, Retail Leader
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  • Specialty outdoor retailerREI Co-op will open a Re/Supply store dedicated to used gear and apparel in Clackamas, Oregon.
  • The new location will join the co-op’s re/supply store in Manhattan Beach, California, which opened in 2020.
  • In 2022, more than 1 million used products were sold through REI’s re/supply omnichannel offering.
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Specialty outdoor retailerREI Co-op will open a Re/Supply store dedicated to used gear and apparel in Clackamas, Oregon, in August. Located in Clackamas Town Center, the 16,1130-square-foot store will open a few doors down from the co-op's existing store that has served the outdoor community since 2007. The new location will join the co-op’s re/supply store in Manhattan Beach, California, which opened in 2020.

“As a member-owned co-op, we have a responsibility to preserve the long-term health of the planet,” Bob Cagle, REI regional director, said in a press release. “Our re/supply offering reimagines the lifecycle of outdoor products and helps keep gear where it belongs — out on trails, waterways and other natural places. Opening a re/supply store in the community builds on the popularity of our used program that is enjoyed by many Oregonians.”

Access to the program is a benefit of co-op membership, and the Portland market has more than 303,000 active members. Anyone can purchase a lifetime membership to the co-op for a one-time fee of $30, which grants access to the re/supply program, along with discounts on shop services and experiences, free flat-tire repair (labor only) and ski waxing, an annual co-op member reward of 10% back on eligible purchases.

The selection at REI Re/Supply Clackamas will be focused on providing members with access to high-quality, used, outdoor gear and apparel at reduced prices. The selection will change frequently and be made up of lightly used products that the company receives through the typical returns process as well as items received through trade-in programs.

The store builds upon the co-op's history of encouraging the exchange of used gear amongst its members. REI offered used outdoor gear to co-op members for more than 60 years through its well-known “garage sale” events at retail stores across the country. In 2018, REI innovated within its used business to launch a used-specific e-commerce site, trade-in program and used gear offering for sale in most retail locations. 

In 2022, more than 1 million used products were sold through REI’s re/supply omnichannel offering. REI’s investment in Re/Supply aligns with the co-op’s 2030 climate goals to de-couple business growth from carbon impact. Buying used instead of new typically avoids carbon emissions of 50% or more based on REI’s estimate of preparing used gear for sale versus making new gear.

REI’s Re/Supply location in Clackamas will join the co-op’s other eight retail stores in Oregon.

REI's new store comes as sustainability and circular retail growth in important to both consumers and retailers, especially as retailers look to court purpose-driven customers. According to Statista, the recommerce market in the U.S. was estimated at more than $160 billion in 2021, up from $140 billion the year before. The market is expected to near $245 billion by 2025.