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REI to open first Kansas store

OVERLAND PARK, KS (BRAIN) Tuesday July 10 2012 4:42 PM MT—Recreational Equipment, Inc. will open its first Kansas store this fall, in Overland Park, a suburb of Kansas City.

The Overland Park store will be at the intersection of West 135th St. and Lamar Avenue at Prairiefire at Lionsgate. It will offer a bike shop with assembly and repair services, as well as a seasonal gear rental department for customers to test new outdoor activities. Similar to its other stores, REI Overland Park will sell top brands in camping, climbing, cycling, fitness, hiking, paddling and travel, including its own REI brand and Novara bike products.

The 23,500 square-foot store will also host classes, presentations and events through its community room.

“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,” said Michelle Yancy, REI retail director for the Midwest. “We look forward to introducing our expertise and programs to the Kansas City area.”

REI will hire 50 to 60 new employees about three months before the opening. The company’s nearest location is in St. Louis, Missouri. 

REI operates 123 retail stores in 30 states and two online stores. Six additional locations will open this fall in San Antonio, Texas; Cincinnati, Ohio; Woodbridge, Virginia; and Medford, Oregon. 

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