REI Is Moving Into Dallas Proper, Next Door to Half Price Books' HQ

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A year ago, Half Price Books made the rather unexpected announcement that it would be dipping its toe into real estate development.

The decision, executive vice president Kathy Doyle Thomas told us at the time, was less about finding an alternative revenue stream than about boosting the decaying area surrounding its Northwest Highway flagship, where it's building its first (and possibly only) shopping center.

Now, Half Price Books has its first tenant: outdoor equipment retailer REI.

See also: Half Price Books is Getting Into Real Estate Development with a Shopping Center on Northwest Highway

"When we decided to develop this shopping center, we wanted a tenant that our Half Price Books customers would love and we feel like we've gotten that with REI," Thomas said in a press release, calling the company "a great addition to the Vickery Meadow area and we are excited to bring more great retailers to our neighborhood."

So, come spring 2015, REI will decamp from its current location on LBJ Freeway (technically in Farmers Branch) and head to a new, 34,000-square-foot space next door to Half Price where, on top of its current offerings, it will have a full-service bike shop and expanded classes and programming.

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pak152
pak152

makes sense as it almost impossible to get to their current location, and it puts them closer to the folks who buy there stuff

Q8Dhimmi
Q8Dhimmi

Uh- who really cares?  Even with the dividend you can buy just about anything REI stocks cheaper elsewhere at places like Sierra Trading Post out of Reno or Amazon.

I camped out overnight once to shop the spring sale at the old REI Pine Street store in Seattle in the '70's and bought out of their old newsprint catalogs when stationed overseas.  It was a good deal then. 

Since they went COOP corporate and went on this national store building/buying binge in the mid '80's and came out with the glossy paper catalogs, etc.  the people who benefit the most from REI are their senior leaders & managers.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

The location is better geographic spacing with their Plano store, but as a north Dallas resident it is not as convenient as their LBJ location. Sobeit.

I'll probably order more from the online REI site rather than go to Shady Brook. The REI online store has a very well stocked outlet section, too.

Kudos to HPB for investing in their neighborhood and putting their $ behind their talk.

Lakewooder
Lakewooder

I was a resident (apartment) of the neighborhood in the early 80's, Fair Oaks & Pineland to be exact. Lots of good/foggy memories -  Mad Hatters, Fang Thai and a few others I can't seem to recall. Happy to see the area FINALLY coming back to life.

BuffaloPrinter
BuffaloPrinter

Love this.  Here's to more businesses moving out of the suburbs and into the city!

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

As far as I can surmise, HPB is one bookseller that may ultimately survive the Amazonation of book sales, even though Amazon offers used books.

doublecheese
doublecheese

I'm a sometimes REI customer.  I'm sure their business was suffering from the construction on 635.  I hated driving over there.  It's a mess.  If it was going to be over soon, I doubt REI would be moving.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

I frequent Half Priced Books and am amazed at the amount of traffic that place generates.  The parking lot, which is huge, always seems at least "half" full.  Heck of a concept.  Kinda like the private sector's answer to the public library, where you buy a used book then sell it back sans the cop dragnet and incarceration for an overdue book.  The coffee shop dove-tails nicely and it's not Starbuck's.  

But I think an Academy would have been more appropriate.

Better yet, a sporting goods concept where you could buy new then sell it back for resale (ha!).  I could see this country slip into a recycle vogue given the new normal.

tdkisok
tdkisok

These guys are not afraid of the DISD!!!

thomas1011
thomas1011

@Q8Dhimmi REI has always been coop.  And more expensive than the low quality goods sellers.

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

@Q8Dhimmi  I completely agree with you. There are better places (either locally or online) to buy everything they sell.

I have a co-op membership. But, the last time I bought something from REI was over 10 years ago, and that was from their online outlet store.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@mavdog That LBJ location sucks, it's not directly accessible, requiring one to drive aroud the back of the store.

monogodo
monogodo

@Lakewooder When I moved to Dallas in 89 I lived in an apartment at Fair Oaks & Pineland.

ozonelarryb
ozonelarryb

Mad hatters.. wow, faggy memories for sure. Sundance graduate. Lunatic place.

JackJett
JackJett

@TheRuddSki


You seem like an interesting guy and I wonder if you were born in Texas.Also, wouldn’t it be fair as you sit in judgment of Dallas that you should share with us the city you live and attach a real name to your post.

You seem like a really interesting guy who has had a great deal in interesting experiences.I lived in Malibu as well and wondering what part you lived in and what years.

Lastly, I would like to know about the legal action you have going on with another commenter here and how that came to be.I have never seen that happen.\

Please understand I am naturally a overly curious person so I am not trying in invade your privacy as much as learn more about an interesting subject.

MaxNoDifference
MaxNoDifference

@holmantx Between Half Price Brooks using the space and when it was Sterling Distributors, there was a sporting goods retailer there, one of the early versions of a superstore.  I forget the name. Sportstown comes to mind, but I don't think that was it.  They only lasted a few years.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

@holmantx  

Back in the 1900's there was a franchise in the mid-west called "Play It Again Sports" that used that very business model.

manpanties
manpanties

@holmantx  I've thought it odd that play it again sports hasn't opened more locations in dallas.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@holmantx

In ski towns, there are always sports gear exchange/sales events, given that a kid can outgrow all gear over the summer, even hats, gloves. Ski stuff ain't cheap.

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

@tdkisok REI moved a store, not their headquarters.  Toyota has dealerships in Dallas.


Seriously, do you think before you type?

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@scottindallas

it still has access off of the LBJ frontage road as well as from Welch.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@JackJett

Born in NC, but raised in PR, FL, CT, NY. Lived as adult in CA, VT, FL, UK, CO, TX AR.

Back when I was spoofing Myrna's "all about me", I gave, jokingly, more information than anyone could possibly want. My life history is there. But, I'll answer your questions about Malibu. Answer one, of course, water too damn cold.

Lived in Malibu 1982-1986, Broad Beach Rd, near Sea Level Dr.; Bonsall Drive, in what I was told was the original Rindge ranch bunkhouse; Birdview Drive on Pt Dume, near where it changed to Cliffview, roughly across the street from the state park (the flat part on tip of Pt Dume). Freelanced briefly for FOX, then worked for Heathercliff Construction - offices right above the notorious Dume Room.

Lots of family in SoCal, so visited a lot in my youth, but only lived there those years.

The legal issues I'd rather not comment on.

As for sitting in judgement of Dallas, that's kind of common on this blog, and I commented here before I left the area, and still do. Old habit.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@TheRuddSki  

Taos just got bought by Louis Bacon, a Billionaire hedge fund guy with a penchant for converting big ranches into conservation easements (big tax advantage for the super nova rich).

Ski towns have taken a hit since 2008 due to the frugality craze and drought.  Taos real estate went south.  But now it's back due to Bacon.  

I like Taos.  Very European and the black runs are rad.

And the town is a throwback to what Santa Fe used to be - kooky artists, junked cars and loose dogs.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@JackJett

Little before my time.

Premmie, or premie, is the nickname for followers/devotees of Maharaji. Seems everyone in Malibu and Hollywood was a Premmie back then. Filthy rich little weasel LOL, had a helluva mansion. He owned Heathercliff, where I worked.

Basically, his religion/doctrine/whatever was "whatever makes you feel good, as long as you give me money or clean my mansion", so if you liked coke, weed, cheating on your spouse or armed robbery - it was cool, brother!

JackJett
JackJett

@TheRuddSki That was in the late 70's/early 80's on sierra lane near cross creak with my first partner.  He was a former actor and writer named Tom Tryon and I worked for him as well.  Pre lap-top. 


Not sure what is meant by Premmie.  I can edit with Adobe Premiere but not well enough to call myself a Premmie.  What did I ask that made you Premmie curious?

JackJett
JackJett

@tdkisok So funny because just as I am reading this The Pooper Trooper has just arrived at our home for his bi-monthly visit to make our dog run/toilet a bit more enjoyable for all. 

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@tdkiosk

I once flamed a man, just to watch him fry.

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@JackJett

I "currently live" sometimes in Florida, sometimes in NW Arkansas, where I'm helping my son-in-law launch a business, then off to the Pacific Northwest.

I don't pay much attention to governments in places I'm basically a transient.

Legal issues, no comment.

When were you in Malibu,where did you hang, what did you do there? Venice was a little to "Venice " for me, never been to Will Rogers park. I rarely got past Santa Monica, I'd take Malibu Canyon usually to visit family in Van Nuys.

You weren't by any chance, a Premmie, were you?

tdkisok
tdkisok

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz


There is no way Ruddy is running from the law. He is way too boring for that. 


I had a neighbor, an old shit who would always say he was going to sue me for this reason or that. Mainly because he whined that I was calling the city on him because of all the dog shit in his back yard. The city of Dallas won. He died. I won.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@tdkisok  He is definitely full of crap.  Also, was he on the run from the law in all those states?

tdkisok
tdkisok

@JackJett


Mr Jett, I am sure the "legal issues" is bullshit old men like to put out there to try and scare certain people. Ruddy is probably full of crap. 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@ChrisYu  Trouble.  What trouble?  You're one of my fave persons.  Ruddski, not so much...

JackJett
JackJett

@TheRuddSki Thanks for that.  I appreciate it.  I missed the "all about me" segments so I missed where you currently live which is what I am most interested in.  I am assuming you are pretty happy with the political make up of your local government and that would give me a better insight to your thoughts on Dallas.  


I assume you have an affinity for the other places you have lived or does Dallas hold a special place in your heart?  


Lastly, has anything been written about the commenter on commenter legal issue.  I would think it is such a unique happening that some press might pick it up.   As a commenter I would like to know from a Top Commenter what to avoid saying in order to avoid getting into a legal proceeding 


Thanks again and I totally agree with you about the water in Malibu.  I found Will Rogers and Venice a little safer for the Costanza shrinkage effect.  

TheRuddSki
TheRuddSki topcommenter

@holmantx

Never got to do Taos, unfortunately. Maybe some day, but in a couple months I'm headed for Washington and Oregon... Mt Hood beckons! Though now, dunno if I could handle it.

Ah, remember the days before the infamous James Sunday case, when mom and pop ski areas were all over?

tdkisok
tdkisok

@PlanoDave


Dave, you are a fucking idiot. Like most piano players. 


I accept your apology.       

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

@DeLaNate  I think you are giving him too much credit and ignoring his past comments and opinions.

If I am wrong, I apologize.

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