REI closed its store in Brentwood, CA Feb. 7, citing poor sales. The closing means REI customers in Brentwood will now have to travel 27 miles west to Stockton or 25 miles east to Concord to visit an REI store. The Brentwood store had been open for five years.
REI shared the news with employees Friday and is working to relocate the store's full-time employees to other local stores. The company said it would pay all employees of its Brentwood-Antioch store through the end of February and those eligible for severance will receive it. It also notified the store's customers via email of the closing.
The Bay Area remains REI’s largest single market with 500,000 members and nine retail stores. The retailer continues to operate 15 stores in Northern California. REI closed no stores in 2013.