National outdoor-gear co-op REI will open its first store in Oklahoma with a grand opening celebration Nov. 15-17 at its northwest Oklahoma City location.
The company began construction on the 23,000-square-foot store in a strip mall next to Penn Square Mall in March.
The store opens to the public Nov. 8 and will feature outdoor gear and clothing, classes, day tours, bike shop services and personal outfitting.
The grand opening festivities, such as door prizes, free food and music, will begin at 10 a.m. and run until 6 p.m. Nov. 15-16, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 17, according to its website.
Each day, the first 250 people 18 and older who visit the store will received a limited-edition Nalgene water bottle with an REI promotional card valued at $10, $50 or $100.
In the afternoons, there will be an outdoor social in the parking lot with vendors, free prizes, food and music, and a chance to meet fellow REI members.
REI, or Recreational Equipment Inc., is a national outdoor member-owned co-operative with 18 million members, 13,000 employees, 157 stores in 39 states and the District of Columbia, according to its website.
"A co-op is made up of members, in our case, millions of members — members who come together for a common cause, members who are actually owners and have a voice in what we do," said a company spokesperson in a video.
When the Oklahoma City store opens, Oklahoma will become the 39th state with an REI co-op store.
As of March, there were 46,500 REI members in Oklahoma, according to a former report by The Daily. Prior to the Oklahoma City store opening, the closest co-op for Oklahoma members to visit was in Plano, Texas.
“With activities like paddling along the Oklahoma River, to hiking in the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge, Oklahoma City is an exciting location for the co-op,” said Kristen Engels, REI retail director for the southwest district, in the former report.
The new store is in the Belle Isle Station strip mall next to Penn Square Mall at 1731 Belle Isle Blvd. in northwest Oklahoma City.