I’ve been a member of REI since the early ’70s, when I started backpacking and canoeing.

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It’s official: Outdoor retailer REI is moving to the former Sears mall

… The new Anchorage REI will measure just over 50,000 square feet — not much bigger than its current 49,000-square-foot Spenard location, she said. …

More open space means the store will have more large products in stock such as kayaks and roof racks, as well as an indoor area for customers to park their bicycles, Goettler said. The new REI will also have a community room for outdoor-related educational programs. …

The REI store is just one of the upcoming changes at the mall, which lost its namesake department store earlier this year when Sears closed. A new Carrs Safeway grocery, a Guitar Center and a Planet Fitness will move into the old Sears space, Boggs said. Those businesses are also expected to open in 2019.

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