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REI Co-op Plans Lebanon, Tennessee, Distribution Hub

REI Co-op, the nation's largest consumer co-op, will establish a new 400,000-square-foot distribution center in Lebanon, Tennessee. The project is expected to create more than 280 jobs in Wilson County.

Construction is now underway and the facility, the company’s fourth distribution center in the country, is expected to open in fall 2023. Once complete, it will serve more than 70 REI stores on the East Coast and in the Midwest and South.

“REI Co-op selected Lebanon to complement our existing distribution centers around the country and to better serve our growing customer base and broader outdoor community. Today, approximately 5.6 million REI members are in the service area of the Lebanon distribution center. We look forward to operating a facility that puts the local community, its people and environment at the forefront,” Bill Best, REI vice president of supply chain said.

Situated on 41 acres in Wilson County, the 400,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility will be one mile from I-40 and three miles from downtown Lebanon at 1400 Murfreesboro Road. It is being constructed with industry-leading sustainability and technology features.

“With more than 223,000 Tennesseans employed across nearly 14,000 distribution and logistics establishments, REI will be contributing to one of our state’s most robust industries. We are proud to welcome REI to Tennessee and appreciate their team for creating nearly 300 new jobs in Wilson County,” noted TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe.

Recreational Equipment, Inc., commonly known as REI, is an American retail and outdoor recreation services corporation. It is organized as a consumers' co-operative. REI sells sporting goods, camping gear, travel equipment, and clothing. It also offers services such as outdoor-oriented vacations and courses.

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