REI College Park

9801 Rhode Island Ave
College Park, MD 20740
(301) 982-9681
Sun: 11:00am - 7:00pm
Mon: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Tue: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Wed: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Thu: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Fri: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Sat: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Looking to get out of that stuffy house, dorm, or apartment and do something in the great outdoors? Whatever adventure you choose, REI is equipped to outfit you with what you need to set out on the right foot.

Wondering how you can save money on bicycles, athletic shoes, clothing, camping gear and kayaks? REI is a consumer co-op where anyone can join and receive a lifetime membership for only $20 that entitles you to a 10% discount on all purchases!

REI has a huge in-store selection with departments for Camping (tents, gear, and furniture), Cycling (bikes, accessories, clothing, car racks), Paddling/Water sports (kayaks, canoes, gear & accessories), Climbing, Clothing (from casual men & women’s wear to outdoor cross training – or OXT – wear), Footwear, and Travel (duffle bags, locks, and packing accessories).

Want help arming yourself to be a weekend warrior? REI has got you covered with a huge selection of gear, a knowledgeable and active staff, and on-site full-service bike shop (where members enjoy a 20% discount on services), and a Rental Department, where you can rent climbing shoes, sleeping bags & pads, backpacks, tents, bikes and kayaks – so you don’t have to buy it all!

REI is a national outdoor retail co-op dedicated to inspiring, educating, and outfitting its members and the community for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. Founded in 1938, REI opened its College Park location in 1987, and has been a staple of the Hollywood shopping district ever since. Since it’s a co-operative or “co-op,” member-customers own a stake in the business and have a voice. Members not only get a discount on everything, but they can participate in annual decision-making and vote to elect the board of directors to steer the path of the company.

Neighbors and customers of REI appreciate its involvement in the community. Besides offering great services and open membership, REI is committed to community outreach and stewardship of the local environment. REI donated $3.5 million dollars in 2007 to eco-stewardship causes, and ran local events like trash pick-ups in nearby woods and the removal of invasive plant species in Cherry Hill Park.
Assistant Store Manager Jason Hastings says, “REI is committed to thriving as a co-op a hundred years from now and beyond, so one of the questions we ask ourselves is “how can we instill these values in children?” The answer: PEAK, or, “Promoting Environmental Awareness in Kids.” A recent PEAK service project involved REI staff and local parents and their children taking an afternoon to walk – and clean – the local Dogwood Trail. Not only did they help maintain the trail, but they also learned about concepts like “environmental stewardship and leave no trace,” Hastings says.

REI is also home to frequent in-store gear demonstrations, a frequent stop for authors of new books on the outdoors, and how-to clinics like the popular “Bike Maintenance 101.” If you’re new to the whole outdoor adventure thing, why not try REI’s “Outdoor School.” The Outdoor School hosts one-day classes complete with mini-adventures like kayaking, backpacking, and geo-caching. Hastings says REI’s mission is to “inspire, educate, and outfit our members and customers,” and they do so in spades. Stop by today to learn what adventures await just outside your own backyard.
— Profile by James Cooney

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