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REI to open store in Louisville

The store for outdoor enthusiasts will open in the fall of 2024.

The interior of REI, and outdoors and camping store, in Seattle. It features outdoor equipment, like backpacks and boots, for sale.

REI is set to open 10 stores across the country this year, including in Louisville.

Photo by Suzi Pratt, courtesy REI

REI Co-op is pitching its tent at the Paddock Shops (4350 Summit Plaza Dr.) this fall — just ahead of the holiday shopping season.

In case you don’t know, REI — aka Recreational Equipment, Inc. — is a one-stop shop for outdoor enthusiasts, offering gear + apparel for camping, cycling, hiking, running, fitness, climbing, and more.

REI is a co-op, meaning you can become a member to enjoy discounts and other benefits, but you don’t need to be a member to shop there. There are currently ~30,000 REI members in Louisville and ~79,000 in Kentucky.

Outdoor equipment is on display for purchase, with a stone fireplace in the background.

REI says it plans to hire ~50 people for the new Louisville store.

Photo by Suzi Pratt, courtesy REI

Here’s what to expect at the Louisville store:

  • 31,100 sqft of floor space
  • Full-service bike shop staffed by certified mechanics
  • Brands like Black Diamond, HOKA, Patagonia, Snow Peak, Vuori

Currently, the closest REI to Louisville is in Cincinnati — ~95 miles away.

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