Bellevue is inheriting Redmond’s Recreational Equipment, Inc., making the move in fall 2016.
The new 40,000-square-foot REI Bellevue will occupy the second level of the Bellevue Central Shopping Center at the northeast corner of 116th Avenue NE and NE 4th Street. Along with offering top brands in outdoor wants and needs, the new store will house a bike shop with professional assembly and repair and a full-service snow shop for skis and snowboards.
“The new store in Bellevue will be better equipped to serve co-op members and customers for their outdoor adventures,” Doug Schmidt, REI divisional vice president of retail, said in a statement. “The larger space will allow us to offer a broader selection of products and programs, and the location will provide more convenient access for outdoor lovers on the Eastside to explore the parks and forests throughout the region.”
REI spokesman Michael Ferris said the move to Bellevue was based on 50,000 more active members in Bellevue and proximity to the future Eastside Rail Corridor, making transportation handy for customers and employees. Ferris said all current Redmond staff with have the opportunity to transfer to the new store.
The Bellevue store promises to have several innovative in-store design features, though REI isn’t exactly sure what the new store will look like. However, Ferris did mention that it’s unlikely the Bellevue location will house a Pinnacle Rock wall. (That’s ok, we’ll hold out for something even better, like an in-house petting zoo full of baby mountain goats.)