REI says it’s opening Cambridge Crossing store with a priority on gear for bicyclists and runners
The Cambridge Crossing development in North Point continues to fill up, with the outdoor equipment retailer REI Co-op announcing a “small-format neighborhood store” to open at 181 Morgan Ave. in the fall.
The 6,500-square-foot retail space will have “carefully curated” products focused on Cantabrigians’ interests in running and bicycling gear, expected to be more prominent than gear for activities such as hiking and camping, co-op representatives said in a Monday email.
The store will be connected to a commuter bike center equipped with self-service bike maintenance tools for quick fixes, restrooms and showers, REI said. The member-owned co-op said it also expects to work with Cambridge Crossing – a development of DivcoWest – to host events on the surrounding 11 acres of planned public parks and open space.
“After 34 years in Massachusetts, including 18 years in Fenway, we’re proud to grow into the city of Cambridge this fall – a neighborhood filled with outdoor enthusiasts and forward-thinking companies,” says Becky Smith, REI’s Northeast regional director, in a press release.
A 15,000-square-foot Eastern Mountain Sports lasted in Harvard Square from 2007 to March 2017, when it was shuttered after two company bankruptcy filings. Since then, Cambridge’s needs for outdoor activities have been filled by a 3,950-square-foot Hilton’s Tent City in Central Square – and, in large part, it looks as though that dynamic will continue.
News of REI coming follows May 21 news that a taproom and brewery called Lamplighter CX is coming to Cambridge Crossing’s Shed building a couple minutes’ walk away. That location in The Shed is shared by the restaurant trio of The Lexington, Geppetto and Café Beatrice, all opened in the past several months by local restaurateur Will Gilson.