The Templeton station on Vancouver’s Canada Line is about to get a lot more popular.
Just two stops from Vancouver International Airport, the SkyTrain station currently sees little traffic. But in only a few weeks time it would begin welcoming visitors to Canada’s newest luxury outlet mall.
The McArthur Glen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport 240,000 square feet of premium shopping and restaurants in its initial phase is ready to open its doors on schedule later this spring. (The exact date is a tightly kept secret.) The unique outlet mall, which has a “Europeansensibility, complete with cobblestone streets and sweeping piazzas, will ultimately be home to 80 high-end and designer stores and occupy 380,000 square feet.
Artist rendering sourced from McArthurGlen.com
Several years within the making, the mall is being developed collaboratively by the Vancouver Airport Authority and Europe’s leading luxury outlet firm on Sea Island, a piece of land adjacent the airport. Designed as a form of open-air village, the mall consists of pedestrian-only streets lined with shops and restaurants and opening up to plazas with cafes and outdoor seating.
Thus far, developers are keeping a pretty tight lid on whom the initial tenants will likely be. Polo Ralph Lauren and Georgio Armani are confirmed. McArthurGlen’s European outlets feature the usual high-end suspects Gucci, Boss, Burberry, Prada, Michael Kors, Salvatore Ferragamo, etc lots of whom will likely find a home in the new mall.
Plans are to also incorporate local restaurants, as opposed to the big chains found in lots of shopping centres. Secret Location, the high-end Gastown venue specializing in creative gastronomy, has already reached a deal to open a new location in the mall.
Artist rendering sourced from YVR.ca
The new facility is hoping to capitalize on its proximity to Vancouver’s airport (just three minutes by SkyTrain) to attract both international travellers and Canadian shoppers. YVR currently handles nearly 20 million passengers a year, anticipated to grow by 25 percent in the subsequent five years. For the mall, meaning a ready market of Americans desperate to reap the benefits of a favourable exchange rate, not to mention Canadian shoppers who now not must travel south of the border for a luxury outlet experience.