REI opts to go outside on Thanksgiving and Black Friday

Another retail giant is planning to close its doors on Black Friday.

REI, the outdoor co-op, will shut all 149 of its doors on Black Friday. Taking things further than most retailers, REI also plans to not process online sales while still paying all 12,287 employees to take the day off and head outside instead.

The chain is also asking people to join them outside, by using #OptOutside. A network of organizations have already committed to head outside instead of shopping. Many more are expected to join by Black Friday.

They've launched an outdoor activity finder at REI.com/opt-outside to help people reconnect with family and friends this holiday season. Visitors can upload photos, share through social media, discover thousands of trails and parks or get connected with non-profits that steward the outdoors.

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