New REI store in SLO has an official opening date

The highly anticipated REI Co-op store in San Luis Obispo has announced an official opening date — and the outdoor recreation retail chain is hiring.

REI will hold its grand opening on Oct. 25 at its new location on Madonna Road in the SLO Promenade shopping center, a store representative told The Tribune in an email Monday. It’s located next to Sprouts Farmers Market grocery store, which opened in April.

“If folks are interested in working for REI, they should apply online,” the REI spokeswoman said. “We are planning to hire 35 staff, in addition to the local leadership team, which has largely been hired already.”

Available jobs include retail sales, shipping and receiving and bicycle technical specialist positions.

In addition to products for camping, climbing, cycling, hiking and yoga, the San Luis Obispo REI location will have special features such as gear rentals and a bike shop for maintenance and repairs.

“In addition to outdoor gear and rentals, REI San Luis Obispo will offer workshops and outdoor experiences to connect people to a life outdoors,” the company said in a press release.

The REI Co-op store will hold a grand opening on Oct. 25, 2019, in the SLO Promenade on Madonna Road next to Sprouts Farmers Market. The company is currently hiring. Nick Wilson

REI has locations throughout the country, including 28 in California.

Construction work continues to ready the 22,000-square-foot commercial space for business.

A storefront sign was visible Monday beyond fencing protecting the construction site from public access. Workers could be seen renovating the interior of the building.

REI plans to remove 25 trees and plant 25 more while installing handicap-accessibility upgrades, and bicycle parking for the space, which will have an occupancy of 372 people, according to planning documents filed with the city.

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Nick Wilson covers the city of San Luis Obispo and has been a reporter at The Tribune in San Luis Obispo since 2004. He also writes regularly about K-12 education, Cal Poly, Morro Bay and Los Osos. He is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and UC Berkeley and is originally from Ojai.