Outdoor supply co-op REI coming to Summit in Birmingham

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REI is comin’ to Bama in 2019. They’ve got plans to open two stores. (REI)

Outdoor gear retailer REI announced today they’ll be opening a new store at the Summit in October 2019, bringing with it an estimated 50 jobs to Birmingham. The 20,000 square foot store will be the co-op’s second location in Alabama, following behind the Huntsville store opening September 2019. We’re so happy to have you, REI!

“Alabama is an exciting location for REI, and we are thrilled to bring our first two stores to the state this fall,” said Gail Kirkland REI retail director for the South. “Birmingham is surrounded by incredible hiking, camping and biking opportunities. We look forward to investing in the local outdoor community and connecting our members to the outdoor spaces that make this area special.”

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Bye, money! REI is coming to the Summit October. (Photo via REI Instagram)

REI to host outdoor workshops

REI Birmingham will offer workshops to connect people to a life outdoors in addition to high quality gear and experiences. In 2018, they helped more than 350,00o people get outside through classes and events.

REI Birmingham is a member-owned co-op. Members pay $20 for a lifetime membership and share in the company’s profits through an annual dividend. Birmingham outdoor enthusiasts, sign up if you haven’t already! It’s a nice little kickback when you’re planning on spending any kind of serious coin there throughout the year. Also, the co-op annually gives back nearly 70 percent of its profits to the outdoor community. REI, we think you’ll fit right in here in Birmingham!

“Over the last eight years in Birmingham, more than 100 miles of trails have been implemented, from the iconic Rotary Trail, to the Red Rock Trail System, and beyond, said Krista Wood, leasing manager at Bayer Properties. “Birmingham is a very active community that will greatly benefit from the addition of REI to The Summit.”

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REI co-op will arrive in Birmingham October 2019. U ready?

Now Hiring

Unemployed climbers, you might want to polish up that resume. With the opening, the REI announced it will also bring an estimated 50 jobs to the area. For 22 years the store has made Fortune magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For. Not to mention to killer outdoor supply discounts you’d receive as an employee!

Interested in working for REI? you can apply on their website.

REI co-op has approximately 150 stores in 36 states.

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