Arc’teryx Follows Patagonia’s Lead, Withdraws from Outdoor Retailer
Arc’teryx has followed Patagonia’s lead, becoming the second brand in less than a week to announce their withdrawal from the Outdoor Retailer (OR) show in Salt Lake City. They will distribute their Outdoor Retailer 2017 funds to the Conservation Alliance’s Public Lands Defense Fund. This move comes on the heels of the Utah state government’s proposal to rescind Bears Ears National Monument, established by Barack Obama in December 2016.
Outdoor Retailer brings in approximately $50 million to the state of Utah each year. With high-profile brands withdrawing attendance, the pressure could mount to move the show to a location where the state’s environmental conservation and land protection values better align with the core values of the outdoor industry.
Over 28,000 people attend the OR Summer Market each year, with both Patagonia and Arc’teryx holding prominent booth spaces on the main show floor. Floor space at a booth the size of Arc’teryx cost about $26.25 per square foot, and at over 500 square feet, those spaces could prove challenging to fill by the July 26 show date.
Arc’teryx president Jon Hoerauf stated in a press release: “Protecting public lands for future generations is a critical part of our brand values and we will use our influence in a way that is consistent with those values.” Over the next three years, Arc’teryx will be increasing funding to the Conservation Alliance by $150,000, in support of Bears Ears and other at-risk public lands.
Read the full announcement from Arc’teryx here.
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