The McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Centre at Vancouver Airport will open on July 9, according to Robert Thurlow, General Manager of the centre.
Construction began on B.C.’s first luxury designer outlet mall in January of 2014, encompassing 35,000 square metres of luxury, designer and lifestyle retail on the northeast corner of Sea Island near the Templeton Canada Line station.
“I’m thrilled to report that you will be shopping at the Designer Outlet Centre by July… enjoying year-round savings of up to 70 per cent,” Craig Richmond, CEO of YVR, stated in his May 26 “Craig’s Corner” blog post.
“We are looking well beyond the opening in July, and even past 2020 as we plan and prepare for not just the future of YVR, but the future of B.C., Richmond and the entire airport community,” Richmond said.
Phase one of the project will feature 600 workers with an addition 400 workers arriving during a later phase two.
“We have a Phase 2 planned,” Thurlow said. “It will add approximately another 140,000 square feet to the centre and another 50 retailers. That’s typically completely 18 months to two years after the centre.”
McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport will feature two luxury piazzas, and is designed as an open-air village, with pedestrian-friendly walkways and tree-lined streets. Design elements are inspired by iconic Vancouver architecture, including the city’s first post-office building, c. 1937 (now part of the Sinclair Centre complex), the Vancouver Rowing Club, c.1911, and the distinctive brick facades associated with historic Gastown.
46 retailers to be part of the outlet mall were announced earlier in May, including numerous dining options. Noted brands such as Nike, Armani, Coach, J. Crew and Hugo Boss are just some of the big names entering the space.
“I think the brands that people will find here at this location, you’ve probably had to traverse previously to multiple centres to find the brands,” Thurlow said. “Here they’re all together located in one place.”
The centre will be open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Food and beverage operators will be open later into the evening.