Patagonia pulls out of Outdoor Retailer; OR searches for new venue

Patagonia issued a follow up statement to last month’s letter from Founder Yvon Chouinard to Utah’s Governor.

This time, the company has made good on its promise to no longer support Utah’s economy through OR, in light of Governor Gary Herbert’s signed resolution on Friday urging the Trump administration to rescind the Bears Ears National Monument.

Known for its strong ethos rooted in protecting the environment, Patagonia has been vocal about several national issues that are close to its heart.

In the case of Bears Ears, Patagonia President and CEO Rose Marcario said the action from Utah’s Herbert makes it “clear that he and other Utah elected officials do not support public lands conservation nor do they value the economic benefits – $12 billion in consumer spending and 122,000 jobs – that the outdoor recreation industry brings to their state.”

Therefore, Marcario went on to say, “Patagonia will no longer attend the Outdoor Retailer show in Utah and we are confident other outdoor manufacturers and retailers will join us in moving our investment to a state that values our industry and promotes public lands conservation."

The decision from Herbert comes just five weeks after Obama designated the land as a national monument.

This comes on the heels of an announcement from Outdoor Retailer that the show will be actively exploring and soliciting proposals for a new venue for the show beginning in 2018.

In a statement Monday, Outdoor Retailer’s Marisa Nicholson said,"We've been listening to the concerns from the industry and agree that it's time to explore our options. Salt Lake City has been an incredible home to Outdoor Retailer and the outdoor community for the past 20 years, and we aren't opposed to staying, but we need to do what's best for the industry and for the business of outdoor retail."

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Reports indicate that Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has said he is open to working with Outdoor Retailer’s administration under parent company Emerald Expositions to explore bringing the semi-annual show to Denver.

The OR executive team has stressed the fact that the right factors would have to align in order for the show to make a move, including facilities, hotels, transportation, labor costs, environmental policies, and the degree to which host states are in sync with outdoor industry values.

OR is expected to complete the proposal process from prospective cities within the next 60 days.

The last few months have been full of changes for the show, as they announced a big shift in show dates in November 2016.

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