Construction of a luxury outlet mall near the Vancouver International Airport has started.
The McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport will occupy 30 acres next to the airport, and 376,000 square feet of retail space once development is complete. The site will be developed in two phases and is close to the Canada Line Templeton station.
“McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport will offer a highly distinctive, luxury-oriented retail destination in Vancouver,” says Joan Jove, McArthurGlen’s Development Director for North America. “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.”
In Europe, McArthurGlen outlets are known for retailers such as Prada, Armani, Burberry and Michael Kors.
The outlet mall will feature two “luxury piazzas,” according to the developer. There will be pedestrian-friendly walkways, tree-lined streets and the architecture will be inspired by historic Vancouver buildings including the Sinclair Centre, the Rowing Club and the Gastown neighhourhood.
B.C. residents are some of the best customers of the Seattle Premium Outlets in Washington State.
The Richmond development is expected to create 1,000 jobs.
This is McArthurGlen’s first outlet mall in North America. It will open to shoppers in 2015.