In June 2013, Half Price Books announced they have big plans for the six acres next door to their flagship location on Northwest Highway, just east of our neighborhood.

Read more of the initial story here.

Now Half Price Books, the nation’s largest family-owned new and used bookstore chain, announced in a press release yesterday that REI is the first retailer to sign on at its new shopping center development.

REI, the leading outdoor retailer in Dallas, plans to pack up its LBJ location and move to a brand new 34,000 square-foot space at 5929 E. Northwest Highway in spring of 2015.

REI sells outdoor gear and apparel for camping, climbing, cycling, fitness, hiking, paddling and travel. Plus, the new store will feature a bike shop to offer assembly and repair services, and also expand the company’s classes and programming through REI Outdoor School later this year, according to the press release.

“When we decided to develop this shopping center, we wanted a tenant that our Half Price Books customers would love and we feel like we’ve gotten that with REI,” says Kathy Doyle Thomas, executive vice president and chief strategy officer of Half Price Books.

The development has been under major construction for the past few months. Aside from the large space that REI will fill, the new shopping center will have an additional 13,000 square feet of space available for other retailers or restaurants. David Lewis of Lincoln Properties and Jack Breard of UCR Urban brokered the deal, while Cunningham Architects of Dallas designed the center.

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