Retailers

Steve Larese
The Tahoe City location joins Evo’s Salt Lake City and Whistler locations in its lineup of adventure hotels

Vehicle-supported adventuring—sometimes called "fauxverlanding" or "overlanding light"—is introducing a new cohort of consumers to the outdoors

Salt + Snow aims to help people—mothers specifically—find quality outdoor gear

A recent name change is part of the co-op’s strategy to increase its guided-tour business to 3 million customers annually

Gear shops are most powerful when they sit at the center of a strong community orbit. Here are a dozen proven strategies to grow your clan.

If the vote is certified, around 100 employees at REI's flagship store in Manhattan would be represented by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union

The lifetime membership now costs $30 instead of $20, but offers new benefits

Should you leave your shop unattended? One daring apparel brand says the practice has boosted trust—and sales.

From weighing every binding to throwing ski-club parties, here's how the country's top winter retailers rule the snowy season

A look back at the inspiring history of one of the nation's most iconic independent retailers on the eve of its 50th anniversary

Black Creek Outfitters in Jacksonville, Florida, is a retail unicorn—a legacy shop with deep community roots that remained under family ownership for nearly four decades. A year shy of its 40th anniversary, the owners have decided to wind it down.

How are independent outdoor shops retaining employees—not to mention morale and integrity—in a pinched hiring market?

Workers at the company's SoHo location in New York have filed for an election to be represented by the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union

Following the continued growth of its retail business, evo plans to turn a full city block in Seattle into a mixed-use development combining retail, restaurants, experiences, and more

The Lebanon, Tennessee, facility will run on 100 percent clean energy and produce zero waste

The addition of a CCO signals a possible new retail strategy for the outdoor giant

Clay and Meredith Diers are fitting right into the Crested Butte community and keeping the spirit of the store alive

The 24,000-square-foot store signals a continued push into smaller markets for the retail giant

The co-op, which has offered adventure tours in Wyoming for more than a decade, on November 5 will open its first store in the state

REI is continuing its annual #OptOutside campaign—despite a tough sales environment due to Covid in 2020—by closing its doors on Black Friday and encouraging customers to spend time outdoors

One of the outdoor industry's most famous gear shops, Neptune Mountaineering of Boulder, Colo., has been purchased by another just up the road in Aspen, Ute Mountaineer

OBJ got a behind-the-scenes look at the grand opening of Public Lands, the new retail concept from Dick's Sporting goods, in Pennsylvania

A stroke of good luck saved Slim Pickins Outfitters from closing during the pandemic. Now, the owners are using the new interest in their shop to help people of color find autonomy, ownership, and space in the outdoors.

The team at Chopwood Mercantile has created a six-step pledge to raise awareness about the overuse of public lands and encourage responsible camping

The co-op also honored Cannondale, NEMO Equipment, Fjällräven, and Darn Tough Vermont as part of its annual Vendor Partner of the Year awards

The 6,500-square-foot space will be the smallest of the co-op's nationwide locations

More than 1,400 people have raised $68,000 so far to save Montezuma Valley Market, a popular PCT thru-hiker stop, after a devastating fire

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After the co-op reported a double-digit sales decline and a net loss for the year, we took a deep dive into financials across the outdoor industry to see how the retailer compared

A Pennsylvania retailer brilliantly combined absurd humor and serious commentary in our favorite April Fools' Day joke of the year

Neptune Mountaineering, a gear shop just steps away from the site of Monday’s massacre in Boulder, Colorado, has confirmed that all its employees are safe

The ecommerce startup Out&Back, which debuted last month, is billing itself as “Kayak for outdoor gear." What does its arrival mean for specialty retail?

REI’s ever-expanding ambitions have earned it plenty of fans—and critics—as it’s grown to dominate the outdoor industry. But many feel the retail giant has been made vulnerable by its own hubris. And now that the pandemic has rocked its fortunes, we’re faced with an uncomfortable question: What if the $3 billion co-op isn’t too big to fail?

A GoFundMe campaign saved this Texas-based outdoor gear shop

The only independent African American-owned running specialty store in the country is committed to finding the right shoes for any feet

This Massachusetts-based store offers a highly curated collection of outdoor apparel and accessories

Mask requirements and other coronavirus rules have caused some distressing confrontations between retail employees and customers recently. A new training tool can help.

136 independent outdoor retailers across the country responded to our annual survey last year. Here are the industry's best-selling snowsports brands, according to their responses.

The online retailer will expand the size of its physical retail footprint with two new shops in Utah and Colorado

136 independent outdoor retailers across the country responded to our annual survey last year. Here are the industry's best-selling paddlesports brands, according to their responses.

136 independent outdoor retailers across the country responded to our annual survey. Here are the industry's best-selling climbing gear brands, according to their responses.

136 independent outdoor retailers across the country responded to our annual survey. Here are the industry's best-selling footwear brands, according to their responses.

136 independent outdoor retailers across the country responded to our annual survey this year. Here are the industry's best-selling women's apparel brands, according to their responses.

136 independent outdoor retailers across the country responded to our annual survey this year. Here are the industry's best-selling men's apparel brands, according to their responses.

Experts weigh in on small changes you can make to increase sales in the last few days of the holiday shopping season

136 independent outdoor retailers across the country responded to our annual survey this year. Here are the industry's best-selling camping brands, according to their responses.

136 independent outdoor retailers across the country responded to our annual survey this year. Here are the most difficult manufacturers to do business with, according to their responses.

The sporting goods giant will open two locations of a new outdoor concept, Public Lands, next year, the company's outgoing CEO told investors last week

136 independent outdoor retailers across the country responded to our annual survey this year. Here are the best manufacturers to do business with, according to their responses.

136 independent retailers across the country responded to our annual survey this year, weighing in on topics like the best and worst brands to work with, bestselling hard and softgoods, and more. After crunching the numbers, the results are ready to share with the industry.

These six protective face shields were tested and vetted by outdoor specialty store employees across the country

2020 has been a year of supreme uncertainly for specialty retail. Empty shelves, cancelled orders, and lopsided demand have forced shop owners to get creative to meet customers' needs. Here's what several retail owners say about the challenges they've faced.

By staying true to its community-driven values, the Philadelphia-born brand transformed its flagship retail store into a mini market for fresh foods, household goods, and takeout meals. An insurance provider took notice.

In anticipation of a pending sale, the retailer sent layoff notices to dozens of employees last week

Over time, sales of small, low-cost items at the register can add up to a considerable revenue line. But what do customers actually reach for?

Thousands of member-owners of Mountain Equipment Co-op have banded together to prevent an American investment firm from buying the company

The struggling Canadian retailer, recently acquired by a U.S. investment firm, will no longer operate as a consumer-cooperative business

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We chatted with Ruben Martin from Quivers and Sam Cook from the Tecnica Group to learn about a new retailer fulfillment program

This hybrid survival-outdoor store opened its doors in the middle of a global pandemic. The timing might have been perfect.

This little shop got its start out of the back of a truck. In just four years, it's become a local treasure that brings outdoor lovers together all year round.

Recent announcements from REI, MEC, and Bass Pro Shops have people asking: What's going on with all these staff changes?

After significant layoffs and furloughs earlier this year, REI plans to further reduce its nationwide staff

The Cleveland Outpost, a gear shop offering new and used goods, opened its doors this week. Even in the middle of a pandemic, it's been smooth sailing so far.

The company will also double match any employee donations to anti-racism nonprofits

As stores open their doors and welcome customers back, everyone—staff and shoppers alike—face a new normal

Situated on the edge of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, this northeastern Ohio shop has been a community stalwart since 1988

Google's latest response to competition from Amazon is a potential windfall for small, independent shops

Adventure 16, one of the industry's most storied heritage retailers, closed its doors this January after 58 years in business. After taking some time to reflect, CEO John D. Mead speaks about the process of saying goodbye.

The female-focused online retailer has decided to close up shop

Owner Brendan Madigan asked his community to #SaveYourLocalGearShop. And they did.

The digital retail platform has implemented new tools and discounts for independent shops trying to survive the coronavirus crisis

Expanding on its coronavirus aid program announced last week, Toad&Co has pledged even more help to struggling retailers

This new FREE course will empower retailers with the tools and knowledge to sell more sun-protective clothing and accessories

This new FREE course will empower retailers with the tools and knowledge to sell more trekking poles.

This new FREE course will empower retailers with the tools and knowledge to sell more technical T-shirts

Data from Grassroots Outdoor Alliance show a 31 percent spike in brands’ promotional behavior over the holidays. Plus, retailers dish on the risks of overly aggressive tactics.

This new FREE course will empower retailers with the tools and knowledge to sell more insulated apparel

This new FREE course will empower retailers with the tools and knowledge to sell more sleeping bags

This is the go-to store for local climbers and visitors to The Gunks to get climbing hardware, route beta, and a sense of community.

This new FREE course will empower retailers with the tools and knowledge to sell more water bottles.

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