When a record number of people descended upon McArthurGlen Group’s first designer outlet mall in Metro Vancouver during its opening week last summer, it became clear both residents and visitors had been itching for something of its kind to open.
The group is responsible for creating unique outlet shopping experiences in North America and Europe, all of which feature an eye-catching style of construction.
Situated in the heart of Sea Island by YVR airport, we spoke to Tony Gugliotta, senior vice president of business development at the Vancouver Airport Authority, shortly before the Richmond location officially launched. He said the Lower Mainland example was modelled after the open-air village concept commonly seen in places like Italy, with some local influence mixed in.
“What they try to do is reflect the culture in the surrounding communities, so for example emulating the look and feel of Vancouver architecture,” said Gugliotta, pointing out elements borrowed from downtown’s iconic Gastown neighbourhood.
He and his team are responsible for looking after commercial developments taking place on airport land, and were looking for a new commercial opportunity to give customers a reason to stay in B.C. rather than venturing south for discounted shopping opportunities.
“It’s also very attractive to tourists and passengers flying through Vancouver and have a few hours to kill,” he added.
It seems to have worked — by December 2015, over two million visits and $10 million in sales had been recorded.
The project has had the added bonus of creating approximately 1,000 jobs during the planning and building phase, as well as many more now that the outlet is up and running and with plans to expand.
Besides featuring popular retailers such as Calvin Klein, Coach, Nike, and J.Crew, patrons can also relax, use the free Wi-Fi, and grab a bite at Caffè Artigiano, Neptune Wonton Noodle, Bibo Pizzeria and more.
McArthurGlen Vancouver is located at 1000-7899 Templeton Station Rd., right next to the Templeton SkyTrain station. Visit www.mcarthurglen.com/ca/mcarthurglen-vancouver for more information.