Seattle — REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.), a national retailer of outdoor gear and clothing, will open a new store in Overland Park, Kan. — its first in the state — in fall 2013.
REI Overland Park will be located at the intersection of West 135th Street and Lamar Avenue at Prairiefire at Lionsgate. The 23,500-square-foot store will offer a bike shop with expert assembly and repair services, and a seasonal gear rental department for customers to test new outdoor activities.
"REI Overland Park will bring our wide range of gear and apparel to customers who have previously purchased products online or by traveling long distances to other REI locations," says Michelle Yancy, REI retail director for the Midwest district. "From biking and hiking to yoga and travel, we look forward to introducing our expertise and programs to adventurers in the Kansas City area."
REI operates 123 retail stores in 30 states and two online stores: rei.com and REI-OUTLET.com. New stores will open in San Antonio, Texas; Cincinnati; Woodbridge, Va.; and Medford, Ore., this fall. The company's nearest location to Overland Park, Kan., is in St. Louis.