Almost two decades after launching in Vancouver—and seemingly transforming the city into the yoga-loving, fitness-and-health hub it’s known as today—Lululemon has refreshed the store that started it all.
Yes, following a lengthy renovation, the locally based company has finally unveiled its enlarged Kitsilano location (2101 West 4th Avenue). Originally opened in 2000, the boutique was Lululemon’s first standalone stop after its founding by Chip Wilson two years earlier.
Taking over the former Midas next door, the now 6,300-square-foot space features dedicated men’s and women’s departments. (The men’s side, which occupies Lululemon’s former Kitsilano space, will eventually be connected to the newly revealed expansion through the removal of a wall.)
The store stocks Lululemon’s full range of technical athletic apparel, which, in recent years, has moved beyond just yoga pants to include moisture-wicking tops, shorts, and on-trend accessories fit for both everyday and physical activity. The men’s department even offers kombucha—and occasionally beer—on tap.
Murals by local artists Kris Kupskay and Paige Bowman decorate the walls, while old photographs, event posters, and other images pay tribute to Lululemon’s origins in the neighbourhood. The exterior is marked by a refurbished auto-repair shop sign that, at the moment, displays the words, "You always remember your first".
In addition, the airy spot boasts a rooftop patio—decked out with a slick barbeque, lush greenery, and plenty of shade and seating—that will play host to fitness classes and community functions.
In celebration of its opening, the new store will be hosting a community party this Saturday (August 5), from 1 to 5 p.m., complete with snacks, live music, and a number of "surprises". Lululemon's Test Truck, a "portable innovation hub" that helps bring Canada's running community together by offering them the chance to test-drive the latest Lulu tech via treadmill, will also be making its debut in Vancouver on this day.
Check out the images below for a peek at Kitsilano's revamped Lululemon.