Muji fans, mark your calendars: the Japanese retailer has announced that it will officially open the doors to its first B.C. location on August 26.
The 7,700-square-foot space is situated on the ground level of Metropolis at Metrotown (4700 Kingsway, Burnaby) across from the Disney store. It will carry a selection of Muji’s pared down fashion, home, beauty, stationery, and edible goods. Popular among minimalists and the environmentally conscious, the company is known internationally for its functional, reasonably priced products that forgo branding and excess packaging.
In a post on its blog, Muji notes that “Muji Mail” members will receive 10 percent off their purchases during the location’s opening weekend. The store will open according to mall hours. It will be joined by fellow Japanese retailer Uniqlo in the fall, which is opening a two-level shop in a space formerly primarily occupied by Home Outfitters and Garage Clothing Co.
Founded in 1980, Muji operates over 800 stores in Europe, North America, and the Asia Pacific region, including four locations in the Greater Toronto Area. The company also has plans to open a 10,000-square-foot shop—the largest in Canada yet—on Robson Street before the end of the year.
Muji announced the opening of its first B.C. locations in May, when the label was in town for a pop-up shop at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. Interest in the temporary store was so high that the company set up a reservation system that allowed customers to visit during scheduled time blocks.