REI has announced that its stores will be closed on Black Friday.
REI, the outdoor outfitter, has always been pretty darned granola, but that's been more the case since perhaps the late 1980s. They've also grown in that time as well.
I really like REI, although as noted in a prior post here, the experience of going to REI was more fun prior to the Internet. The fact that everything is now available on the Internet has diminished the experience. Still, they are a pretty neat outfit to visit, with piles of outdoor gear.
Well, the more power to them. Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, is a pretty sorry spectacle in a lot of ways. Emphasizing that its employees will get the day off to enjoy the outdoors is a good thing.