One of the visionaries behind the popular chain of REI stores that supply outdoor enthusiasts died late last month at the age of 107.
Mary Anderson, a former Seattle schoolteacher, and her husband Lloyd were climbing enthusiasts. They started the buying co-op that became REI in 1938 as a way to get climbing equipment such as ice axes at more affordable prices than buying alone.
Mary retired in 1968, according to a post on the website for The Mountaineers, a group of which she became a member in 1929.
Today, REI has 6.3 million members, more than 140 retail stores and about 12,000 employees, according to The Seattle Times.
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REI’s Boise store is at 8300 W. Emerald St.