Muji Metrotown is expanding, will become brand's second-largest store in Canada

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      Japanese retailer Muji is expanding its Metropolis at Metrotown location this fall.

      The store, which was Muji’s first Western Canadian outpost when it opened last summer, will increase by almost 5,000 square feet by the end of October, bringing its total retail footprint to 12,305 square feet. It will become Muji’s second largest shop in Canada, coming in behind the brand’s mammoth Robson Street stop, which is the biggest Muji location outside of Asia.

      “When we opened our first store in Western Canada, in August 2017, we were very surprised and happy to see so many people coming to visit us,” Toru Akita, president of Muji Canada, said in a press statement. “One year later, we think it’s time to thank our loyal customers by offering them a bigger and better Muji Metrotown.”

      The enlarged space will allow Muji to offer more than 4,000 home, apparel, and food items, as well as new interior advisory and style advisory services. For the first time in Canada, complimentary alterations will be available, too.

      Like Muji’s Robson Street store, the revamped Muji Metrotown will feature an aroma bar, where customers can create customized fragrance blends from more than 40 essential oils. A Muji Yourself desk, where shoppers can find embroidery, stamping, gift-wrapping, and label-printing services, will also be on deck.

      Muji Metrotown will close on October 1 to complete the expansion. It will reopen later that month.

      Founded in 1980, Muji operates over 800 stores in Europe, North America, and the Asia Pacific region. The minimalist label, which takes its name from the Japanese words for “no-brand quality goods”, entered the Western Canadian market through a wildly popular, by-reservation-only pop-up shop at the Fairmont Pacific Rim in 2017. It launched locations in Burnaby, downtown Vancouver, and Richmond over the next year.

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