National outdoor equipment retailer REI confirmed today it plans to open a new store in Flagstaff in spring 2014.
REI has received city approval for a store at Aspen Place at the Sawmill. It is in the process of obtaining a building permit for a 23,550-square-foot store at the corner of Lone Tree Road and Butler Avenue.
According to a press release, the new store will employ about 50 people.
Seattle-based REI is a consumer cooperative, although anyone may shop at its stores. It has 5.1 million active members, including 4,200 in the Flagstaff area.
REI operates 129 stores in 32 states. Other REI stores in Arizona are located in Tempe, Paradise Valley and Tucson.