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Metro Vancouver's first MUJI store now officially open (PHOTOS)

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Metro Vancouver's first MUJI store now officially open (PHOTOS)

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Kenneth Chan Aug 26, 2017 2:44 am 41,123

Three years after opening its first Canadian location in Toronto, this much-anticipated Japanese clothing and household goods retailer has finally arrived in the Metro Vancouver region.

MUJI will officially open its fifth location in the country at Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre at 10 am today. The 7,700-sq-ft store on the mall’s ground level, across from the Disney Store and Sephora near Hudson’s Bay, is the largest MUJI store in Canada.

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An extraordinary wide variety of products, over 4,000 different items, are available at this store, including: clothing for men, women, and kids; shoes; pens; bags; tablewares and kitchenwares; notebooks; stationery such as pens; unique Japanese snacks; flexible storage options; skincare; diffusers; bedding; bathroom and cleaning essentials; and much more.

MUJI Canada President Toru Akita told Daily Hive that the company’s research has found that around 70% of its Metro Vancouver customers are already familiar with its products.

He is confident with MUJI’s ability to perform well in the Metro Vancouver market, given that sales at the month-long 150 sq. ft. pop-up store at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in downtown Vancouver early this year exceeded some of the company’s permanent, full-size stores.

The retailer is slated to open a flagship location within the vacated Gap Store space on Robson Street in downtown Vancouver by the end of the year. After its initial two-store expansion, up to three additional MUJI stores could open in Metro Vancouver.

Another renowned Japanese brand, UNIQLO, will also be making its first steps into the region by opening a store at Metropolis at Metrotown this fall. This UNIQLO location will be a two-level, 20,000-sq-ft store, taking up several units including the now-closed Home Outfitters.

Here are some photos inside the store during Friday evening’s VIP party:

Inside Metro Vancouver’s first MUJI store at Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Inside Metro Vancouver’s first MUJI store at Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Inside Metro Vancouver’s first MUJI store at Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Inside Metro Vancouver’s first MUJI store at Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Inside Metro Vancouver’s first MUJI store at Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Inside Metro Vancouver’s first MUJI store at Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Inside Metro Vancouver’s first MUJI store at Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Inside Metro Vancouver’s first MUJI store at Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Inside Metro Vancouver’s first MUJI store at Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Inside Metro Vancouver’s first MUJI store at Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Inside Metro Vancouver’s first MUJI store at Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Inside Metro Vancouver’s first MUJI store at Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Inside Metro Vancouver’s first MUJI store at Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Inside Metro Vancouver’s first MUJI store at Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Inside Metro Vancouver’s first MUJI store at Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Inside Metro Vancouver’s first MUJI store at Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Inside Metro Vancouver’s first MUJI store at Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Inside Metro Vancouver’s first MUJI store at Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Inside Metro Vancouver’s first MUJI store at Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Inside Metro Vancouver’s first MUJI store at Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Inside Metro Vancouver’s first MUJI store at Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Inside Metro Vancouver’s first MUJI store at Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Inside Metro Vancouver’s first MUJI store at Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Inside Metro Vancouver’s first MUJI store at Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Inside Metro Vancouver’s first MUJI store at Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Inside Metro Vancouver’s first MUJI store at Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

Inside Metro Vancouver’s first MUJI store at Metropolis at Metrotown shopping centre. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

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Kenneth Chan
National Features Editor at Daily Hive, the evolution of Vancity Buzz. He covers local architecture, urban issues, politics, business, retail, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, and the travel industry. Kenneth is also a Co-Founder of New Year's Eve Vancouver. Connect with him at kenneth[at]dailyhive.com

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