Greetings Andrew,Of course, people could still contact REI and try to advocate for a store.
Thank you for contacting REI regarding a store in the Washington, DC Columbia Heights neighborhood.
At this time, we have no plans to open a store in the area. Customer feedback is our best tool for improvement and we do appreciate your input and efforts in bringing this matter to our attention.
As a co-op, we approach our store openings slower than most national retailers, only opening seven to ten stores per year. This allows us to be very thoughtful and deliberate in our real estate selections.
To stay informed of our latest news and openings, please refer to the link below:
UPDATE: The plot thickens. As commenter Rex North noted below, there's a thread on the Columbia Heights News forum with an email from last week saying that REI is "closer to being reality than previously thought," which makes things complicated. Stay tuned!