New phase will introduce 35 new brands in Spring 2019.
After welcoming nearly 10 million shoppers since opening in July 2015, the award-winning McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport is announcing the start of construction on Phase II. Scheduled to open in Spring 2019, Phase II will deliver 84,000 square feet of additional retail space and up to 35 new luxury, premium and lifestyle brands to the center. In addition, the expansion will result in the creation of 400 jobs for the construction and retail sectors.
The new phase will adjoin east of the existing center and will mirror the current European design, expanding on the center’s notable open-air village style, with luxury piazzas, cobblestone walkways and a variety of facades. Phase II forms part of McArthurGlen Group’s plan to develop over 1.6 million square feet of retail space over the next three years across its 24-center portfolio.
Following a record-breaking opening weekend where the centre welcomed over 170,000 shoppers, the expansion comes after 32 months of successful operation with ongoing growth in footfall, as well as several accolades including the prestigious Best New Development at the ICSC Canadian Shopping Centre Awards, the NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Award of Excellence for Retail Development and the MAPIC Best Outlet Centre.
The 240,000 sq ft center will remain fully open during construction and will continue to offer its shoppers year-round savings of up to 70 percent at over 70 luxury, premium and lifestyle brands including Polo Ralph Lauren, Coach, Tommy Hilfiger and Tumi, as well as the recently opened Kate Spade, Sandro, and Maje.
“In less than three years the center has become a key retail destination in Metro Vancouver,” said Robert Thurlow, General Manager of McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport. “We have seen tremendous support from local communities and tourists from all over the world and we’re proud of our growing list of awards and various in-center events and activities. As one of Canada’s best performing malls, we are excited to expand our existing offer, elevating the retail experience for our guests and brand partners.”
Tourism has also been a major driver for the center due to its close proximity to the Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Over 24 million passengers transit through the airport annually and the center caters to these visitors in various ways. In addition to the free Canada Line connecting guests to the airport in just three minutes, the center employs multilingual staff, real-time flight information on digital screens throughout the center, free charging stations and a free luggage locker facility.