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Tuesday, September 25, 2012
National outdoor retailer opens first Ohio location
Cincinnati, OH

 REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.) will celebrate the grand opening of its Cincinnati store at Rookwood Commons, its first location in Ohio, with co-op members and the local community on Friday, October 5 to Sunday, October 7.

A number of events and giveaways are scheduled throughout the weekend in honor of the store’s opening, including:

Free Continental Breakfast – Early birds can enjoy a light breakfast beginning at 9 a.m., served one hour before the store opens.

Shop Early, Get a Gift – The first 200 people (age 12 and older) who visit the store each day throughout the weekend will receive a limited-edition CamelBak water bottle with an REI gift card inside ranging from $10 to $100. Doors open at 10 a.m. each day.

Free Bike Valet Services – Cyclists who ride their bike to the grand opening activities between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday can take advantage of valet parking services from Queen City Bike.

Enter to Win Great Prizes – REI members and customers can enter to win gear sweepstakes packages, featuring camping, cycling and travel products.

Classes and Events – REI Cincinnati will offer educational classes, outdoor presentations and volunteer opportunities for the community after the grand opening, including Outdoor Photography Basics and How to Select a GPS classes.

Customers and members are also invited to join REI and the Hamilton County Parks District from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 20 for a volunteer event at Farbach Werner Nature Preserve. Event and registration information is available at http://www.rei.com/cincinnati.

In each of its communities, REI partners with local nonprofits that work to preserve natural spaces through activities such as gear donations, financial contributions and event promotions. Locally, REI granted the Hamilton County Parks Foundation and Cincinnati Parks Foundation with $10,000 each to support stewardship efforts in and around the Cincinnati area. The company also provided a $20,000 grant to Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, part of which strengthens Cincinnati’s Little Miami Scenic Trail.

REI Cincinnati offers the top brands of gear and clothing for camping, climbing, cycling, fitness, hiking and more. The store will also provide shop services for bikes and a seasonal gear rental department. Store hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.


About REI

REI is a national outdoor retail co-op dedicated to inspiring, educating and outfitting its members and the community for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. Founded in 1938 by a group of Pacific Northwest mountaineers seeking quality equipment, REI is committed to promoting environmental stewardship and increasing access to outdoor recreation through volunteerism, gear donations and financial contributions.


CASTO, a fully integrated real estate organization since 1926, is a recognized leader in the ownership, management, acquisition and development of commercial shopping centers and multi-family residences, office buildings and corporate parks.  CASTO’s growing portfolio currently includes over 23 million square feet of commercial property and nearly 4,000 residential units located primarily throughout the Midwestern and southeastern United States and Puerto Rico.  CASTO currently has more than three million square feet of retail in development. To learn more about CASTO call (888) 400-0878 or visit www.castoinfo.com.


About Rookwood Commons and Pavilion

Visit the first choice for Cincinnati shopping, Rookwood Commons & Pavilion. Whether shopping in Cincinnati all day, or just to find that one special item, Rookwood delivers the ultimate shopping experience. As the most notable of Cincinnati shopping destinations, this luxurious shopping complex features over 70 fine stores and restaurants, all within a romantic, open-air setting.  For more information, please visit www.shoprookwood.com.


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