Located at the SLO Promenade shopping mall, the new 22,000-square-foot store will offer a range of outdoor gear and equipment rentals, as well as experiences and services such as personal outfitting services, which will connect customers with REI experts who will help them to select the gear they need for their next outdoor adventure.
Like its other locations, the REI store in San Luis Obispo will offer a range of outdoor programs specific to the surrounding area’s environment. According to a press release, upcoming programs at the Central California location include Trailside Bike Repair Workshop, Map and Compass Navigation Basics Class and Gourmet Camp Cooking Workshop.“San Luis Obispo is an incredible outdoor community and we look forward to connecting our local members to the outdoor places and activities they love,” said Michael Caponio, REI San Luis Obispo store manager.
“Whether it’s biking, hiking, paddling or camping, we’ll offer the best gear and expertise to enjoy the outdoors, while investing in the outdoor spaces that make this community special.”
As part of its commitment to support the outdoor communities of each of its store locations, REI said it will invest $20,000 in two local nonprofits: The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo and the Central Coast Concerned Mountain Bikers (CCMB).
Funds provided to The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo will support conservation and preservation work along trails at the Pismo Preserve, and CCMB will use funding to support trail improvements and reroutes across San Luis Obispo County, the company said.
Previously, REI invested over $900,000 in outdoor nonprofits in California in 2018. The new San Luis Obispo store marks REI’s 29th store in California.