The outdoor specialist retailer is building 400,000 square feet. Distribution center in Lebanon, Tenn. , to support its continued growth on the East Coast and in the Midwest and South. Expected to open in the fall of 2023, the building and its operations will proactively address employee experience, community engagement and environmental impact, According to REI. The. Neyer is a retailer engineer and general contractor partner.
Located on 41 acres in Wilson County, the facility will be one mile off I-40 and three miles from central Lebanon. The site will significantly reduce shipping times to fulfill customers’ online purchases and will be able to support more than 70 REI stores. Approximately 5.6 million REI members live in the new Distribution Center service area.
The Lebanon facility will complement REI’s existing three distribution centers, located in Bedford, Pennsylvania; Goodyear, Ariz.; and Sumner, Wash. The Bedford and Goodyear sites are accredited by the Green Building Council’s US Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.
The Goodyear facility, which opened in 2016, has received LEED Platinum certification – the highest level in the US Green Building Council (USGBC) green building rating system. It is the first distribution center in the country to receive both LEED Platinum and Net Zero Energy certification.
Bill Best, REI Vice President of Supply Chain, said: “The opening of a distribution center in Lebanon strategically positiones REI for growth and complements the service areas of our other distribution facilities. Most importantly, the center will reflect the values of cooperation by putting people first and applying a new standard in fighting the climate crisis. We have a strong local partner who understands the REI brand, ethos of sustainability and an interest in creating healthier communities.”
The new distribution center is being constructed with industry-leading sustainability and technology features that complement REI’s Arizona location. The design is anchored in a productive and healthy built environment that intentionally takes into account how employees work, comfort and connection to nature. The building will address the full life cycle of carbon impacts by utilizing 100% renewable and 100% electrical energy and operating as a zero-waste facility. REI will also be an active participant in regional renewable energy solutions.
“Al. Neyer’s integrated team of developers, licensed architects, and construction management experts is delighted to partner with REI to deliver a best-in-class distribution center that will set an important precedent for sustainability in Greater Nashville and beyond,” stated Justin Hartung, Al. Neyer, Vice President of Design and Construction. “Our team has worked closely with REI over the past year and a half to develop this ground-breaking facility that will not only be a great place to work and a great addition to the community, but will also be making a lasting positive impact on the environment.”
REI Actively partners with non-profit organizations across the country to nurture and maintain local trails and public lands to connect more people to the outdoors. Over the past five years, I’ve invested more than $440,000 in Tennessee land agencies and nonprofit partners.
REI launched the Cooperative Action Fund earlier this year, a community-supported public charity that aims to harness the collective power of the co-op’s 20 million members and 15,000 employees to build a more just, equitable and inclusive outside culture. Three groups from Tennessee received grants in the fund’s first investment round.
“Even before we start operating at full capacity, we look forward to becoming a co-partner in Lebanon and beyond,” Best adds.
Additionally, REI’s Adventure Trekking Company has operated guided tours in Great Smoky Mountains National Park for 14 years. The company owns Six multi-day adventure trips Across the park with hiking, hiking, multi-sport and rafting trails. The destination is always one of the most popular co-op spots in the national park system. In the past five years, REI has hosted more than 2,800 guests at Great Smokies, many of whom have been first-time visitors.
REI isThe largest retail cooperative in the country, it has more than 20 million members. It has 174 locations in 41 states and the District of Columbia