A large prominent streetfront retail space on Burrard Street near Robson Street in downtown Vancouver is now Canada’s largest Arc’teryx location.
On Saturday morning, the North Vancouver-based outdoor clothing brand and retailer will open its new 3,200 ft² store at 813 Burrard Street within a space formerly occupied by Le Château.
The building has been completely overhauled with an exterior that creates a strong sense of place and an interior design with contemporary finishings that contrast with the wood ceiling. Certain elements are said to take inspiration from the North Shore mountains and the Stawamus Chief.
“The store experience at all our locations is about working with the individual space to tease out local elements and materials, while at the same time making sure that the emotional experience is inspiring to our customers,” said Stephanie Jamison, the global retail marketing manager for the company, in a statement. “Arc’teryx fans thrive on our storytelling, beautiful product presentation and high service”.
Unique to the store is a dedicated community space with a community board listing upcoming outdoor recreational events and a large map of the regional mountains. Outdoor organizations will be invited to use the space.
“This is our hometown and we want to make our brand even more accessible,” Jamison continued. “We want to create more intimate one-on-one relationships with our consumers and use our stores as hubs for the local outdoor community.”
The new downtown Vancouver store features a wide selection of Arc’teryx products including backpacks, footwear, climbing and hiking equipment, running and mountain apparel, and the technical urban collection Veilance.
Founded in 1989, Arc’teryx now has 16 stores across North America, including five stores within Canada. Within Metro Vancouver, there are two other locations in North Vancouver and Kitsilano.
Company spokesperson Jo Salamon told Daily Hive that Arc’teryx has a conservative brick-and-mortar expansion strategy, opening just three to four new stores annually. It opened a location in Palo Alto last month and will open a store in Los Angeles in July.
“We focus on cities and regions where we can complement our robust wholesale business and focus on the young mountain consumers who move between urban centers and the mountain hubs in a fluid manner,” said Salamon.