REI store in Pearl District to close its doors next month

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Bad news for local adventurers: REI’s co-op store in downtown Portland will be closing its doors next month.

After 20 years in the area, the store will permanently close on Feb. 1. In a previous public statement, REI cited local break-ins for their decision to move away from the Pearl District location.

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According to the company, the Portland store – located at 1405 NW Johnson Street – had its highest number of break-ins and thefts in two decades during 2023, despite actions to provide extra security.

The last day customers will be able to place a curbside pickup order in downtown Portland will be Wednesday, Jan. 31. Recent orders to the store can be picked up through Thursday, Feb. 1.

REI first announced its decision to leave Portland in April 2023. Mayor Ted Wheeler’s office issued the following statement in response:

“Mayor Wheeler’s staff and leadership at the Portland Police Bureau have met with REI’s leadership team and store representatives for several months to find ways we can collaborate on addressing retail theft, vandalism, and other safety issues. The Portland Police Bureau and other public safety partners worked with REI directly to execute a retail theft mission at their Pearl location and developed proactive safety measures, including authorizing temporary security camera trailers at their loading dock and protective measures toward the front of their store. Last week, Governor Kotek and Mayor Wheeler announced a shared commitment to advocate that the Oregon legislature increase capacity at DPSST to help get newly hired police officers on the streets more quickly. The City’s Street Services Coordination Center has worked to cleanup areas near the retail store to ensure customers and staff can safely visit the location.

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REI recently announced a Beaverton location set to open in Spring 2024. It will be located at 2780 SW Cedar Hills Boulevard at Walker Center, where a Bed Bath and Beyond closed its doors in 2023.

Until then, the closest locations to the downtown Portland store include the Tualatin store 12 miles away, the Hillsboro store 12 miles away and the Clackamas store 15 miles away.

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