Designer outlet mall at YVR slated for 2015 opening

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      An open-air outlet mall is slated to open in Richmond in spring 2015. Construction has started on McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport, which will sit on a 30-acre parcel of YVR land close to the Templeton Canada Line station.

      The partnership between the Vancouver Airport Authority and McArthurGlen Group will include 35,000-square metres of retail space occupied by brands such as Armani, Burberry, Ermenegildo Zegna, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Michael Kors, Prada, Ralph Lauren, and Salvatore Ferregamo.

      “McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport will offer a highly distinctive, luxury-oriented retail destination in Vancouver,” Joan Jove, development director for McArthurGlen Group in North America, stated in a news release today (January 27). “We are already seeing strong interest from leading European and North American fashion brands.”

      According to Tony Gugliotta, senior vice-president of marketing and business development for the Vancouver Airport Authority, the new outlet mall will create about 1,000 jobs.

      “It will also offer the airport an alternative revenue source that will allow us to continue building YVR as a premier global gateway which, in turn, will create even more jobs,” he stated.

      The mall will include two open-air piazzas, tree-lined streets, and restaurants.  

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      7 Comments

      Neil Prakash

      Jan 27, 2014 at 3:00pm

      Super tacky building renderings. I hope the developer highers a thoughtful architect, as opposed to slapping up an outdated building style that has nothing to do with the the west coast. Have fun getting wet while shopping Richmond.

      Lily

      Jan 28, 2014 at 8:07am

      Forgive me if this is a "stupid" question, but...doesn't having a mall at an airport bring much unneeded traffic to the area? (Edmonton is thinking of doing this too, and though YEG is a small airport, I imagine this is going to be a nightmare. I can't even imagine what hassles it would bring to a larger centre.)

      Brand killers

      Jan 28, 2014 at 8:10am

      Outlet malls at best dilute the quality of brands, and in most cases kill them. Taking niche market products, and making them accessible to the masses kills the niche, and ultimately changes the brand completely.

      lol

      Jan 28, 2014 at 8:11am

      'merica!

      I hope they sell Zema and cinnibons at this strip mall.

      cathy

      Jan 28, 2014 at 11:02am

      These so called outlet malls are a big rip off. The "higher end designer" labels just sell cheaper made clothing that they wouldn't be caught dead selling in their regular stores.

      What a cheesy looking place-lots of plane noise overhead and rain nine mos. of the year.
      it's a "global gateway" to trash clothing.

      RUK

      Jan 28, 2014 at 4:44pm

      @Cathy

      I don't really get it either but the 1000 jobs part sounds good.

      No name

      Feb 13, 2015 at 3:37am

      outlets are usually the famed brand's method of combating counterfeits. People buy the brand for the logo, so most of the premium brands now create a lower quality line of their product with their logo on it. Of course the higher quality stuff is always more expensive. If the entry level items are affordable, then it stands to reason fakes no longer have a niche or can claim they are selling the genuine article and it's a result of overstock, factory direct, etc, ruining the name and rep of the brand. There's a reason why brands sell cheaper lines. People buy fakes because they want to own the logo but can't afford it, so the brands are now making it possible, but at a lower quality of course but not the shit quality fakes offer.