REI to build state-of-the-art distribution centre in Tennessee

American speciality camping and outdoor retailer REI Co-op has announced it is building a new 400,000 square feet distribution centre in Lebanon, Tennessee that will address employee experience, community engagement and environmental impact. The new site, which is expected to open in 2023, will employ more than 280 staff and will considerably reduce shipping times for online purchases, as well as supporting some 70 REI stores.

“Opening a distribution centre in Lebanon strategically positions REI for growth and complements the service areas of our other distribution facilities,” said REI Co-op vice president of supply chain, Bill Best.

“Most importantly, the centre will reflect the co-op’s values by putting people first and apply a new standard in fighting the climate crisis. We have a strong local partner that understands REI’s brand, sustainability ethos and interest to create healthier communities.”

REI will work with Nashville-based AI. Neyer on the construction of the facility – the real estate development and design-build construction company helped REI choose the location, engaged with Lebanon’s elected officials, facilitated introductions with regional power supplies, and will be the architect and general contractor for the building project.


A sustainable future

One the key aspects of this new facility will be the sustainability of it – REI is strongly committed to taking action on climate change by already agreeing to halve its carbon footprint by 2023. The new distribution centre will be constructed with industry-leading sustainability and technology features that complement its site in Arizona. The building will address the entire life cycle of carbon impacts by using 100 per cent renewable, 100 per cent electric energy and operating as a zero-waste facility. REI will also be an active participant in regional renewable energy solutions.

REI will also be extending its already excellent network of partnerships with non-profits and community projects by giving grants to three Tennessee-based groups including Adaptative Adventures in Nashville and Black Girls RUN! Foundation in Memphis and Nashville.