By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
With a key store on the way, officials are again touting the virtues of Keizer Station.
As first mentioned last week in the Keizertimes, Washington-based outdoors retailer REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.) is coming to the former Circuit City building at Keizer Station early next year.
The building has been without a retailer since Circuit City closed in March 2009. The Keizer Soccer Club had been using the building as its Futsal Center since January 2010, but moved out last month. The building had also been used for the Keizer Iris Festival.
Plans for the REI store were filed with the city of Keizer last week. Nate Brown, director of Community Development, said the company is targeting a March 2014 opening.
Bethany Hawley, senior public affairs associate with REI, confirmed the signing of the lease on Monday and sent a press release Wednesday morning.
“REI prides itself on expert employees and quality products that enhance anyone’s trip into the great outdoors,” said Kevin House, REI retail director for the Sierra-Cascade district. “The new store at Keizer Station will extend our services and product expertise to 13,300 eager and loyal members in Salem, who previously traveled more than 30 miles to shop at an REI store.”
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