REI to close again on Black Friday

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KENT, Wash. — Sporting goods retailer REI will keep its stores closed on Black Friday for the second consecutive year.

Even though the day after Thanksgiving is one of the busiest shopping days of the year, REI will close its 149 stores and give its more than 12,000 employees a paid day off.

Purchases can be made online, but they won’t be processed that day.

Last year, REI closed on Black Friday so its employees could enjoy the outdoors as part of its #OptOutside campaign.

CEO Jerry Stritzke said the move last year gained momentum and REI is working iwth more than 200 organizations to spread the message.

Several stores have pushed Black Friday into Thanksgiving

There has been a backlash in recent years after stores opened earlier for Black Friday, including on Thanksgiving.

This year, the largest mall in the country, the Mall of America outside of Minneapolis, decided to close its doors on Thanksgiving.