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
Nov 13, 2018
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.”
- Address: 1731 Belle Isle Boulevard (approximate)
- Square footage: 23,000 square feet
- Open date: Fall 2019
- Membership: 46,500 in Oklahoma
About Kite Realty Group Trust
Kite Realty Group Trust (KRG) is a full-service, vertically integrated real estate investment trust (REIT) that provides communities with convenient and beneficial shopping experiences. KRG connects consumers to tenants in desirable markets through a portfolio of neighborhood, community, and lifestyle centers. As of September 30, 2018, KRG owned interests in 115 operating and redevelopment properties totaling approximately 22.4 million square feet. For more information, please visit kiterealty.com.
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 23 million members who expect and love the best quality gear, inspiring expert classes and trips, and outstanding customer service. REI has 184 locations in 42 states and the District of Columbia. If you can’t visit a store, you can shop at REI.com, REI Outlet or the REI shopping app. REI isn’t just about gear. Adventurers can take the trip of a lifetime with REI’s active adventure travel company that runs more than 100 itineraries across the country. In many communities where REI has a presence, professionally trained instructors share their expertise by hosting beginner-to advanced-level classes and workshops 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.