G.I. Joe's is celebrating the grand opening of a new store in Kennewick, Washington, its first store east of the Washington Cascades. In keeping with its commitment to connect with each community, G.I. Joe's Foundation will award several $1000 grants to local not-for-profit organizations at its ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 5th.

“Having a G.I. Joe's in the Tri-Cities area now makes it possible for advanced sports and outdoor enthusiasts to find the expertise and technical gear they want, yet still allows recreational outdoor customers to find great brands and pricing,” said Mike Murphy, manager of the Kennewick store.

Kennewick's mayor, James Beaver, and Kris Johnson, President of Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce will officiate. The community is invited to attend events offering gift cards for the first 500 customers on Friday, kids' trout fishing on Saturday, and guide service clinics and product demonstrations throughout the weekend.

“This is the largest grand opening we've had in the past few years. We have giveaways and demonstrations from local, regional and major national brands, and lots of activities for all ages,” says Reese Thedford, Promotions Manager for G.I. Joe's.

Located in the former Wal-Mart building, the Tri-Cities G.I. Joe's is expected to employ 60 local residents, and draw customers from throughout the Mid-Columbia area.

As a Northwest-based company, G.I. Joe's looks forward to the opportunities ahead to help make the Tri-Cities a better place to live. Its commitment to community service is reflected in the company's Mission Statement: To exceed customer expectations by offering passionate service, the best brands and a specialty selection of products, while supporting the community where we live and work.