British Columbia’s first luxury designer outlet centre is set to open in the spring of 2015, with construction now underway at the 30-acre site on YVR land.
McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport – a partnership between Vancouver Airport Authority and McArthurGlen Group, Europe’s leading owner, developer and manager of designer outlets – will offer 35,000 square metres of luxury, designer and lifestyle retail on the northeast corner of Sea Island near the Templeton Canada Line station.
The designer outlet centre, which will also help keep local dollars in the local economy, will be developed in two phases: the first phase will offer 22,500 square metres of retail space, including the most sought-after North American and European luxury brands, as well as restaurants and cafes, with 12,500 square metres added once all phases are open.
The company’s Designer Outlets in Europe are known for brands such as Prada, Armani, Burberry, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, Salvatore Ferragamo, Ermenegildo Zegna and Michael Kors.
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.
We are very excited about what this new project means for the tourism appeal of Sea Island and for the local job opportunities.