Recreational Equipment, Inc. will open a new store at the Tucson (AZ) Mall in the spring of 2009.

The 28,000 square-foot, two-story location will offer the top brands of outdoor gear and apparel for camping, climbing, cycling, fitness, hiking, paddling and travel, including the co-op’s award-winning REI and Novara products. Additional store features include a gear rental department that will help encourage members and customers to explore new outdoor activities, a bike shop where technicians will provide quick assemblies or repairs, and a community space that REI and non-profit partners can utilize for classes, presentations and events.

“From rock climbing to cycling to camping, Tucson is home to some of the best places to recreate in the great outdoors,” said Doug Schmidt, REI retail director for the Southwest district. “With more than 5,800 active REI members residing in the area, were excited to prepare them and other outdoor enthusiasts with the knowledge and right gear for their next adventure.”

The Tucson REI will be the third location in Arizona, joining stores in Tempe and Paradise Valley, which have served members and customers since 1986 and 1996, respectively.