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REI to open second prototype store

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Sep '08
The company will analyze the Boulder and Round Rock locations extensively prior to opening a third prototype store currently targeted for 2010. Findings from these stores will help REI make decisions on how it approaches store design and construction in the future.

For the construction of all new REI buildings, the company uses the LEED point system to measure success, looking to meet or exceed LEED standards whenever possible. In 2004, REI's Portland, Ore. location became the first retail store in the country to earn a LEED Gold rating for Commercial Interiors, followed by REI's Pittsburgh store with LEED Silver for Commercial Interiors in 2006.

REI Boulder is anticipating a LEED Silver rating for the Retail – Commercial Interiors pilot program. The company's second distribution center, which opened in November 2007 in Bedford, Pa., was built to achieve Silver under LEED for New Construction.

Information on REI's comprehensive environmental initiatives is available at rei.com/stewardship, including its focus on carbon footprint reduction, green building design and construction, responsible paper purchases and usage, waste reduction, and the design and manufacturing of more sustainable products and packaging. In April 2008, the co-op will release its second annual stewardship report, a review of the company's social and environmental impacts.

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