Mountain View’s REI plans to relocate to Sunnyvale in the fall in an effort to offer a larger assortment of gear and expertise for the South Bay, according to REI marketing and public relations specialist Courtney Rose.
REI is moving to 130 E. El Camino Real – the former home of Toys R Us. The building is nearly 7,000 square feet larger than its current location on Charleston Road in Mountain View, which opened in 2006.
The new site, which totals 37,000 square feet, will include additional features such as a community room and expanded bike, ski and snowboard shops, an REI press release stated. The store will continue to offer virtual workshops, in-person guided outdoor programs and a large selection of outdoor rental equipment.
To accommodate the larger store size, REI officials said the store plans to hire more employees in addition to moving current Mountain View workers to Sunnyvale.
“Our store team is incredibly excited about the relocation and eager to get more involved with the Sunnyvale community,” said Kirk Peterson, REI’s regional director for Northern California. “The Sunnyvale location will provide more than 1.4 million lifetime REI members in Northern California with the gear and resources to enjoy the outdoors in the South Bay. We are looking forward to welcoming the community into the new space and have the opportunity to connect, inspire and enable a life outside for even more people.”
REI’s new location housed Toys R Us for nearly 50 years. The toy store closed in the spring of 2018 when the retail chain filed for bankruptcy.
For more information on REI, visit rei.com.