In a year-end letter to Co-op members entitled, “Grateful for Our Community in a Year Like No Other,” Eric Artz, REI Co-op CEO and president, reflected on the accomplishments of the company. He also noted that while the past year had its challenges, it was also one of “profound clarity, focus and learning.”

“We’re a community built around a shared love of the outdoors, and this year reminded us time and again of what matters most,” he wrote. “We have inspired, welcomed and helped enable more people, many for the first time, to enjoy the benefits of a walk around the neighborhood, a bike ride, a paddle, or a night beneath the stars. And thanks to all of you, this is a part of the legacy of 2020.”

Read the full text, here.

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