US-based outdoor retailer REI Co-op is continuing to expand its store network in the US with plans to open a store opening later this year in South Carolina.
Located on Shoremeade Road in Mount Pleasant, the store will house a wide assortment of apparel, equipment and expertise for camping, cycling, running, fitness, hiking, paddling, climbing and more.
In addition, the nearly 21,500ft² store will offer a full-service bicycle shop run by certified mechanics and other features, including gear rentals, buy online-pick up in store, and kerbside pickup and virtual outfitting.
REI regional director Jacki Harp said: “We look forward to opening a third store in South Carolina and being a resource to REI members and the broader outdoor community in and around Mount Pleasant.
“Our local team will also seek partnerships with outdoor non-profits to support their efforts in protecting natural places and welcoming more people outside.”
REI Co-op expects to hire around 50 employees for the Mount Pleasant store as part of its opening.
The retailer’s Membership programme currently has more than 167,000 members in South Carolina and more than 28,000 in the region.
REI Mount Pleasant will be REI Co-op’s third store location in the state, with the company having opened a store in Columbia in 2020 and Greenville in 2011.
Based near Seattle, REI Co-op is one of the US’ largest consumer co-operatives, with 175 locations in 41 US states and the District of Columbia.
Since 2019, the company’s run business has grown by more than 65%. In April this year, the company revealed plans to trial new store layouts and ‘deepen’ its staff training.
In 2020, REI Co-op sold its then-recently completed corporate campus in Bellevue, Washington, for $390m.
Facebook purchased the 400,000ft² campus and around six acres of land, while site developer Wright Runstad & Company and Shorenstein Properties bought an undeveloped two-acre portion of the property.