NORWALK, CT (BRAIN)—REI is opening a new store opening this fall in Norwalk, Connecticut. The one-story, 24,000-square-foot store will be REI's second in Connecticut, joining a location in West Hartford, CT, which opened in 2007.
Hiring for Norwalk will occur approximately three months prior to the store's opening, when REI will recruit approximately 50 employees.
"As an outdoor retailer, we are committed to helping connect more people to nature through recreational and stewardship opportunities," said Anne Maleady, REI retail director for the Northeast district. "By deepening our relationships with customers and organizations in Connecticut, we hope to introduce more people to the wonders of the outdoors and ensure there are places to enjoy 100 years from now and beyond."
As part of this commitment, the co-op has granted the Norwalk River Watershed Association $5,000 to support volunteer recruitment for trail improvements along the Norwalk River. The funds will also help to develop and purchase project materials for natural restoration activities and signage, as well as to publish updated trail maps. REI Norwalk will build upon these efforts by partnering with local organizations.