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  • REI to open first Oklahoma store in OKC

    REI has issued a press release announcing their first store in Oklahoma, a 23,000 square foot l0cation in Belle Isle Station, fomerly occupied by Babies"R"Us.

    See full statement below:

    REI Co-op to open first store in state of Oklahoma in fall 2019
    New store in Oklahoma City will offer top-quality outdoor gear, expertise and experiences

    SEATTLE – REI Co-op is opening its first location in the state of Oklahoma, bringing a wide assortment of quality gear and expertise for the region’s most popular activities to Oklahoma City in fall 2019. The new 23,000 square-foot store will be located at the Belle Isle Station shopping center, owned and operated by Kite Realty Group . Prior to the store opening, REI plans to invest in Oklahoma’s outdoor community. REI works with local nonprofits in the communities it serves to steward and maintain local trails, parks and more.

    “With activities like paddling along the Oklahoma River, to hiking in the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge, Oklahoma City is an exciting location for the co-op,” said Kristen Engels, REI retail director for the southwest district. “We are excited to join this community and provide our 46,500 members in the state with quality gear and outdoor experiences.”

    REI Oklahoma City will offer workshops and classes to connect people to a life outdoors. A national leader in outdoor experiences, REI helped more than 375,000 people across the country get outside through classes and vents last year.

    REI is a member-owned co-op, offering top-quality gear, expertise and experiences to connect people to a life outdoors. While anyone may shop at REI, members pay a lifetime $20 membership and share in the company’s profits through an annual dividend. In addition, REI actively works with nonprofits across the country to protect wild places and invest in spaces for outdoor recreation. The co-op annually gives 70 percent of its profits back to the outdoor community, and in 2018 is investing $8.8 million in more than 400 nonprofit organizations across the country.

    REI Oklahoma City will join five other REI stores in the region, including Plano, Texas (150 miles); Southlake, Texas (152 miles); Dallas, Texas (160 miles); Fort Worth, Texas (166 miles); and Overland Park, Kansas (246 miles).

    Join the REI team
    Candidates interested in joining the REI team at any local store can apply online at REI.com/jobs. In 2019, REI expects to hire nearly 50 employees at the new store in Oklahoma City. New employees will receive a variety of benefits, including generous product and service discounts, competitive pay and retirement contributions. For 21 consecutive years, REI has been recognized as one of Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.”

    Store facts
    · Address: 1731 Belle Isle Boulevard (approximate)
    · Square footage: 23,000 square feet
    · Open date: Fall 2019
    · Membership: 46,500 in Oklahoma

    About the REI Co-op
    REI is a specialty outdoor retailer, headquartered near Seattle. The nation’s largest consumer co-op, REI is a growing community of more than 17 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 154 stores in 35 states and the District of Columbia. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.com, REI Outlet or the free REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. You can take the trip of a lifetime with REI Adventures, a global leader in active adventure travel that runs more than 170 custom-designed itineraries worldwide. The REI Outdoor School is run by professionally-trained, expert-instructors who teach beginner-to advanced-level courses about a wide range of activities. To build on the infrastructure that makes life outside possible, REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to—and steward—the outdoor places that inspire us all.
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