SEATTLE, WA (BRAIN)—REI is set to enter two new markets, with plans to open a store in San Antonio, Texas, this fall and its first Florida location, in Jacksonville in spring 2013.
The San Antonio location will be housed in 27,500 square feet at Huebner Oaks, while the nearly 23,400-square-foot store in Jacksonville will be located at The Markets at Town Center. Both stores will offer assembly and repair services through bike shops and support to customers looking to test new outdoor activities through their seasonal gear rental departments.
“Texas and Florida offer an abundance of ways to enjoy the outdoors, and REI is eager to bring our quality products, helpful advice and hands-on classes to our current members and aspiring adventurers,” said Rachel Ligtenberg, REI’s regional vice president, East Region. “Through our expert employees, outdoor programming and local relationships, we want to inspire more people to live an active lifestyle.”
The San Antonio store joins seven other REI stores in Texas, the first of which opened in Austin in 1989. Other locations opening this fall include Cincinnati, Ohio, Woodbridge, Virginia, and Medford, Oregon. A new store in Indianapolis, Indiana, is set to open March 16.