REI Coming to SB

According to Radius Group, the local commercial real estate powerhouse, REI has leased a huge amount of space (about 25,000 sf) on Lower State Street. As an outdoor enthusiast I love REI, but I love our local sporting good shops even more – like Mountain Air Sports. The new REI is probably two or three times the size of Mountain Air and I fear once again, for the “little guy”.

Santa Barbara has a limited number of large retailers and over the years the community has often banded together to keep out such chains (like Target) in order to preserve what partially makes our town special. There will always be exceptions, and in a free market environment this is just the way it goes… for better or for worse. I just hope that in this case David can still compete against Goliath.

Don’t feel bad if you shop at the new REI, but do give some thought to supporting a local shop. Especially since they have such a great Axxess offer.

Searchgin for an REI photo I came across this alien?!

Searching for an REI photo I came across this alien?!

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  1. Thanks for thinking of the “local guy”….being a local business owner, it is a bit scary when these corporate giants or big box stores come to our lil SB ! Granted ~ I frequent Costco…but buy local whenever I can! Thanks for offering all your great promotions! ~ Carole Thomasco

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