Outdoor industry group applauds nomination BOULDER, CO (BRAIN) — President Obama on Wednesday nominated REI's chief executive, Sally Jewell, to become U.S. Secretary of the Interior. Jewell, who has been at REI for eight years, also has experience in...

Moosejaw, the quirky outdoor retailer based out of Detroit, has announced the grand opening date of March 3rd , 2012 for their 8th retail location in Natick, Mass. The Natick location will be the first to embody Moosejaw’s new retail concept and design. “We wanted to do something totally unexpected from what you would find in a typical outdoor store. When customers come in they will want to explore and engage with their surroundings, the staff and the technology in the space,” explains Bryan Lively, Vice President of Retail. The first thing shoppers will find when they walk in

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)Leisure Trends Group reported that October outdoor retail sales rose 14 percent compared with the same month last year, totaling about $426 million, according to preliminary data. Keeping pace with Septembers record sales, which totaled $462 million, outdoor stores posted the largest October dollar volume since Leisure Trends began tracking outdoor sales in 1998. All channels contributed to the months overall growth as chain, specialty and online sales all saw their best October on record. Outdoor chain rose 16 percent to $145 million; outdoor online increased 14 percent to $113 million; and outdoor specialty gained 11 percent

The Bikes Belong Foundation has announced a $100,000 grant from Recreational Equipment Inc, to expand their Bicycling Design Best Practices Program. The program showcases the best models for bicycle transportation from Europe and North America to help American cities make bicycling a safe and practical choice for short trips. The award will be used to fund the newly created REI Best Practices Grants, available to cities whose leaders have participated in a Bikes Belong Best Practices workshop or study tour and have an REI store in their metropolitan area. 

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Panache Cyclewear has appointed Kevin Burnette to vice president of sales. Burnette comes from Competitor Group where he led endemic sales for all media and event properties including VeloNews, Triathlete, Inside Triathlon and Competitor print and online titles, and the Rock ‘n Roll marathon series. Panache Cyclewear has experienced triple digit growth every year since it launched in 2007, according to a press release. Burnette will manage the continued growth and development of all the company’s sales channels including custom apparel, specialty retail and online. Said Panache Cyclewear CEO, Don Powell, “Kevin is a huge score for

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