Seattle -- Outdoor retailer REI announced Thursday it will open two new stores in the spring, one in Flagstaff, Ariz., and the other in Columbus, Ohio.
The 23,550-sq.-ft. Flagstaff store will be located at Aspen Place at the Sawmill at the corner of Lone Tree Road and Butler Avenue. Part of the latest phase of development at the shopping center, the store will be near downtown Flagstaff and Northern Arizona University. With a presence in Arizona for more than 25 years, REI also has stores in Tempe, Paradise Valley and Tucson that opened in 1986, 1996, and 2010.
The Columbus store will open in Easton Gateway at the corner of Stelzer Road and Morse Road. The newly constructed 23,400-sq.-ft. location will also feature a wide assortment of gear and apparel to help outfit boating enthusiasts. The company opened its first Ohio store in Cincinnati in October 2012.