Specialty out of doors retailer REI to land in Tulsa in 2024, the co-op says


Outdoor specialty retailer REI Co-op, which has been talking about coming to Tulsa for nearly a decade, will open a store here in spring 2024, the Seattle-based company has announced.

REI Tulsa is expected to employ approximately 50 people in a 23,000-square-foot store on the northwest corner of 71st Street and Elwood Avenue, adjacent to the Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area and near the Tulsa Hills Shopping Center.

It offers a wide range of clothing, equipment and know-how for camping, cycling, running, fitness, hiking, paddling and climbing. In addition, certified mechanics will oversee a full-service bike shop.

Recreational Equipment Inc. opened its first Oklahoma City store in Oklahoma City in 2019.

“I think it’s going to be great for Turkey Mountain and the residents,” said Jeannie Cue, Tulsa City Councilwoman who represents District (2) where REI is located. “I think it’s going to bring a lot of economic income because we have a lot of people coming to Turkey Mountain from all over Oklahoma and other states.

People also read…

  • Who is Denny Kellington, an assistant Bills coach credited for reviving Damar Hamlin? For starters, he’s an OSU grad
  • Dayton Forsythe leads the giant-slaying 2A Dale to historic TofC Boys title over Memorial
  • Bill Haisten: OSU’s King of Patience Brandon Weeden says college football is broken
  • A 19-year-old man dies in a collision in Okmulgee County
  • OSSAA sends Holland Hall basketball to 5A mid-season
  • Bill Haisten: We’re anticipating an eventful first month of Mike Gundy’s 33rd OSU offseason
  • Letter: It’s a turnpike
  • Kevin Hern receives votes for Speaker of the House on day three of the fight in DC
  • Outdoor specialty retailer REI is set to land in Tulsa in 2024, the co-op says
  • Nick Cannon welcomes baby #12, his 5th this year
  • Kim Kardashian starts drinking, Selena Gomez is open to dating and more celebrity news this week
  • Former NFL running back Peyton Hillis in critical condition after saving children from drowning
  • Update: Family of Bills’ Damar Hamlin releases statement and thanks for the great support
  • Sand Springs Police investigate the death of a teenager
  • 25 Celebrities You May Not Know Are Non-Binary

“The only concern we have to monitor – and I will do this for local residents – is traffic flow monitoring. There are problems going up 61st (street). We just might have to look at a turn lane and some other things there. But I am very excited about the project.”

REI reported net income of $97.7 million and revenue of $3.7 billion in 2021, a 36% increase from 2020.

“We look forward to helping the community get out there and be a closer target for existing REI members who have traveled to our Oklahoma City store,” said Kristen Engels, REI regional director, in a statement . “We’re also excited to connect with local nonprofit organizations that protect natural places and support people to achieve active lifestyles.”

As the nation’s largest consumer cooperative, REI has 21.5 million members, including 84,800 in Oklahoma. It also has 179 locations in 42 states and the District of Columbia.

REI actively works with nonprofit organizations across the country to manage and maintain local trails and public lands to connect more people to nature. Last year, the cooperative invested $7.1 million in more than 450 nonprofit organizations across the country.

Since REI entered Oklahoma in 2019, it has awarded more than $44,000 to charitable organizations including Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, Keep Oklahoma Beautiful, Oklahoma Earthbike Fellowship, Riversport Foundation and Scissortail Park Foundation.

The cooperative also operates the REI Cooperative Action Fund, a community-supported public charity that partners with and provides financial support to organizations that promote equity, equity and belonging in nature to strengthen the health and well-being of people and communities .

The Tulsa store is located across the Arkansas River and approximately one mile west of the original plans for a REI location.

For years, the City of Tulsa had tried to lure REI — and the resulting sales tax revenue — to a patch of Helmerich Park on the southwest corner of 71st Street and Riverside Drive.

A Dallas developer signed an agreement with the Tulsa Public Facilities Authority in 2015 to purchase nearly nine acres of Helmerich Park in the area for commercial development. But one group sued to block development, saying the city failed to properly organize the sale and must preserve the property as parkland.

In 2021, the Oklahoma Supreme Court reversed a ruling by the Tulsa County District Court that had awarded the city and the Tulsa Public Facilities Authority summary judgment in the case. The judges remanded the case back to the district court to address two key facts that remained in dispute and issue a new decision on the case.

Mayor GT Bynum said at the time that he was not going ahead with the project. A city spokeswoman said Friday that another developer was involved in the new REI site and that the city was not involved in the announcement.

“The Tulsa area offers so many great outdoor recreation opportunities, and as the Arkansas River continues to develop, more are on the way,” said Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Tulsa Regional Chamber, in a statement. “Having a REI store in Tulsa will help residents and tourists alike better take advantage of everything we have to offer.”

— Kevin Canfield contributed to this story.

Whether you’re looking for cup-and-curl pepperoni or smoked turkey, there’s a new restaurant in our area for you. Grace Wood and Jimmie Tramel discuss their new and old favorites, while James Watts previews his upcoming top 10.