Seattle, Wash. – REI, the outdoor specialty chain and cooperative, is expanding its reach to Flagstaff, Ariz. and Columbus, Ohio beginning Spring 2014. The company will hire approximately 50 new employees for each new store. There are more than 4,200 REI members in the Flagstaff area and more than 5,100 in Columbus.
The 23,550 square-foot Flagstaff store is part of the latest phase of development at a shopping center near downtown Flagstaff and Northern Arizona University. REI also has stores in Tempe, Paradise Valley and Tucson that opened in 1986, 1996, and 2010 respectively. The 23,400 square-foot Columbus store will open in Easton Gateway; REI opened its first Ohio store in Cincinnati last October.