Vancouver International Airport retail sales take off

According to Business in Vancouver, a passenger at YVR spends an average of $20.50 at the airport before boarding a flight. That puts YVR in second place in North America just behind New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK), where passengers spend an average of US$24.07. The retail experience at YVR is superior to many North American airports and with more expansion on the way it’s only going to get better.

The Vancouver International Airport (YVR) boasts many accolades. It was named the best airport in North America for the third straight year (No. 9 in the world) and it already has the most retail space per passenger among major North American airports.  It has over 170 shops and 166,000 of retail space to serve the 17 million passengers that stroll through every year.

YVR was also home to the first Victoria’s Secret in Vancouver, although technically it’s not accessible to everyone. Ladies do not worry, there is one opening at Metropolis at Metrotown in early 2013 and another rumoured to be taking over the old HMV space at Robson and Burrard very soon.

Then there is the large addition to build a high end premium outlet by London-based developer McArthurGlen Group next to the airport. This has been confirmed and despite mild opposition from the City of Richmond look for it will go ahead in a phased construction.

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