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REI-Co-op to Open Portland-Area Store

By Tom Richardson
Photo taken from the REI store opening in North Conway, NH. The new Westbrook, Maine, store is set to open in fall 2021.

REI Co-op has announced that it will be opening its first location in Maine. The approximately 24,400-square-foot store is scheduled to open this fall, as part of the new Rock Row development in Westbrook, just south of Portland. REI will offer top-quality gear for year-round activities, ranging from sea kayaking to mountain biking to cross-country skiing.

Artist's rendering of the new REI Co-op store in Westbrook, Maine.

“A part of the New England community since we opened our first store in Massachusetts in 1987, we’re thrilled to expand our regional presence with our first store in Maine,” says Becky Smith, REI’s Northeast regional director. “We are especially excited to share a passion with the community for spending time outside year-round, from trekking through the snow to paddling along the coast.”

As a member-owned co-op, REI shares annual profits with its members and invests in the local communities where they reside and recreate. As part of the co-op’s philanthropy commitment, REI actively works with nonprofits across the country to steward and maintain local trails, parks, and public lands to connect people to the outdoors. In 2021, REI invested more than $150,000 in nonprofit organizations throughout New England. As REI gets closer to opening in Maine, the co-op will invest $20,000 into the local outdoor community.