Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Vancouver Airport and McArthurGlen reveal ambitious outlet centre plans

Similar to its European counterparts, the centre will feature two luxury piazzas and an open-air village with pedestrian-friendly walkways and tree-lined streets
Published: 12/02/14 Source: ©The Moodie Report By Sarah Lysecki, Brands Editor

CANADA. McArthurGlen Group says that a new outlet centre adjacent to Vancouver International Airport will attract some of the 17 million-plus travellers who pass through the airport annually. This includes travellers on the 75 weekly flights to China.

The UK firm behind the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet, which opens next year, is also anticipating customers from the millions of residents who live nearby and tourists who visit Vancouver every year.

McArthurGlen Group recently announced that it will open phase one of its first Designer Outlet in North America in partnership with Vancouver Airport Authority in Spring 2015. Construction on the centre, which is located on a 30 acre (12 hectare) site next to Vancouver International Airport, commenced last month.

As reported, the project was initially announced in 2012, with an original phased opening from Autumn 2014.

Offering 375,000sq ft (35,000sq m) of total retail space, the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport will feature a range of European and North American luxury, designer and mainstream fashion brands as well as restaurants and caf├ęs. The first phase will see 240,000sq ft (22,500sq m) completed with an additional 135,000sq ft (12,500sq m) when all phases are open.

The outlets are located next to Templeton Canada Line station – a three-minute train ride from the airport and 25 minutes from downtown Vancouver as well as near the Arthur Laing Bridge, which links Vancouver with Richmond and the airport.

McArthurGlen Development Director for North America Joan Jove said: “McArthurGlen Vancouver Airport will offer a highly distinctive, luxury-oriented retail destination in Vancouver. We are already seeing strong interest from leading European and North American fashion brands.

“Vancouver offers an excellent location, economic strength, tourism potential, as well as a strong partner in the Vancouver Airport Authority – all elements that guarantee success when opening a premium retail centre."

Vancouver Airport Authority Senior Vice President, Marketing and Business Development Tony Gugliotta said: “This project reinforces Vancouver International Airport's role in the economic development of British Columbia and Canada. Not only will it increase the region's destination appeal for travellers and create approximately 1,000 jobs, but it will also offer the airport an alternative revenue source that will allow us to continue building YVR as a premier global gateway which, in turn, will create even more jobs.”

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