Take heed, Muji devotees: here's the scoop on the opening date and details of the hotly anticipated Vancouver location of Japan’s Muji.
Today (November 13), Japanese retailer Muji announced that its Canadian flagship store will open at 1125 Robson Street on December 2, just in time for the holiday giftgiving season.
Although Muji loyalists have had to wait for some time for a Vancouver spot, the good news is that this downtown store, with 14,507 square feet and carrying over 4,500 products (in the former location of the Gap), will be the company’s largest location both in Canada and outside of Asia. In comparison, the Metrotown location, which opened on August 25, is 7,770 square feet and offers 4,000 items.
In addition to household goods, clothing, and food items, this location will also feature several special concepts, products, and services that will be new to Canada.
Muji Labo, a creative product-development project launched in 2005 to explore and experiment with clothing concepts (labo means laboratory), including materials, manufacturing, and styles. Developments in Muji Labo will become apparel available in their stores. Muji Labo collections are exclusive to select flagship stores around the world.
Since this is coffee-loving Vancouver, Muji Canada is partnering with Vancouver-based Ethical Bean Coffee (which supplies fairtrade certified, organic coffee) to create Muji Coffee Counter to sell coffee by the cup.
Meanwhile, the customization service Muji Yourself will offer embroidery, stamps, gift-wrapping, and—new to Canada—label printing. Customers will be able to customize products such as stationery, furniture, and more.
In addition to regular MUJI essential oils, the Aroma Bar will enable patrons to create customized fragrance blends for their homes by selecting from over 40 essential oils.
Mujirushi Ryohin, or Muji (which translates as “no-brand quality goods”), was founded in Japan in 1980 and now operates over 800 stores worldwide. Muji first entered into the Canadian marketplace in 2014 with a Toronto location. The company now has four locations in Ontario. The Metrotown location marked the Muji's expansion into Western Canada.More