REI plans to set up camp in Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Outdoor retailer REI plans to open a store in Cleveland. The Seattle-based company is expanding to both Ohio and Pennsylvania. REI will hire approximately 50 employees for each store.

The stores will offer the top brands for camping, climbing, cycling, fitness, hiking, paddling and snow sports. REI Cleveland will serve more than 9,500 active members.

“Our continued growth in Ohio and Pennsylvania speaks to the active outdoor lifestyle of both communities,” said Greg Medlyn, REI divisional vice president of retail. “We are excited to open our fourth store in each state and can’t wait to better serve local adventurers looking to have fun and explore the outdoors.”

Cleveland is the second-largest market of active REI members currently without a store. REI Cleveland will be the first co-op location in Northeast Ohio and fourth store in the state since September 2012, joining stores in Cincinnati, Columbus-Easton and Columbus-Dublin.

The 27,000 square foot store will be located in the Pinecrest development at Interstate 271 and Harvard Boulevard. With the nearest store currently more than 120 miles away in Pittsburgh, Pa., the location will provide convenient access to the co-op for the outdoor community in the greater Cleveland area, offering gear and expertise for activities including biking, fitness, watersports and travel.

Image courtesy of REI

Source: PR Newswire

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