MEC's massive new Queen West location opens in April

Mar 22 2019, 2:18 pm

Urban adventurers, pull up your socks.

Because the massive MEC flagship store that’s been under construction on Queen West is poised to officially open its doors on April 13.

Just in time for spring hiking, river rafting, cycling and beyond.

This new location will occupy two levels of the 54,000-sq-ft development located at 300 Queen Street West, offering the 490,000 Co-op members in the GTA even more products and experiences.

In addition to a better layout and inspiring in-store opportunities, the new space will serve as a community hub that will offer clinics, events, member services and spaces for local outdoor groups and organizations to reserve and use.

A few notable features of MEC’s new Toronto flagship include:

  • “Basecamp” open-concept community space: used to host how-to clinics, community events and to connect members with places to camp, hike and get active outside in Ontario.
  • Bouldering wall: a 1,000-sq-ft wall for in-store climbing
  • Full-service bike repair and ski shop: a new open-concept design offering a welcoming space for MEC specialist staff to help members gear up for biking and skiing adventures

“We’re honoured to join the vibrant and historic shopping community on Queen Street West,” said MEC Director of Store Development, George Bevan, in a press release.

“The new Toronto flagship will act as a hub for local residents, urban commuters and active people across the GTA, making it the place to start any adventure. By relocating to this highly accessible location, we are better able to serve our members, adding lasting value, vibrant in-store experiences and vitality through our services and programming.”

In-store experiences will include everything from “Learn-to-Camp” sessions hosted with national partner Parks Canada, to workshops that develop members’ running, cycling or climbing skills.

And like all MEC buildings, the new store will be operationally carbon neutral, using renewable energy.

MEC Queen Street

Where: 300 Queen Street West
When: Opening April 13, 2o19

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