General Info: Recreational Equipment in Anchorage, Ala., is one of nearly 80 REI retail stores located throughout the United States. REI is among the top suppliers of specialty outdoor gear and clothing, serving the needs of outdoors people through its retail stores and by direct sales through the Internet, telephone and mail. The company s stores range in size from 10,000 square feet to 95,000 square feet and include facilities for testing equipment, such as bike test trails, climbing pinnacles and camp stove demonstration tables. In addition, REI stores provide opportunities to learn about the outdoors and muscled-powered sports through in-store clinics, REI sponsored events and works in association with local outdoor organizations. REI is among the nation s largest consumer cooperatives with more than 2 million members. Mountain climbers Lloyd and Mary Anderson, along with 21 fellow Northwest climbers, founded Recreational Equipment in 1938.