June 27--REI is moving several hundred information-technology staffers to a satellite location in the Eastgate area of Bellevue, as it ponders whether it needs a whole new campus over the next few years.
The move comes in the wake of significant growth by the outdoor retailer, the largest consumer co-op in the country. Some 220 IT staffers will move to Eastgate this fall, and 60 more in 2016.
The Bellevue space will be REI's fourth satellite location beyond its Kent campus, where it has been since the 1990s.
REI also is mulling the long-term options for its full campus.
"We are looking three to five years out in the Puget Sound area," in both urban and suburban locations, also including Kent, says spokeswoman Bethany Hawley. The co-op, however, is not close to any final decision on the matter, she added.
Right now REI has more than 1,100 employees at its Kent campus, and it wants to have all of its teams in one place eventually.
Ángel González: 206-464-2250 or email@example.com. On Twitter @gonzalezseattle
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