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Four Think Retail clients shine at the opening of McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport

July 15, 2015

At Think Retail we are thrilled to have four of our partner-clients among the inaugural retailers to open at McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver Airport.

Lolë, Watch Station International, Fossil and Desigual were part of the grand opening on July 9 and there’s no doubt this outlet centre—the first to market in the Vancouver area—is going to be a huge hit among shoppers, both locals and visitors.

There’s a pent up demand for outlet shopping in the region, where the average income is higher than that surrounding any other outlet centre that’s opened in the country—consumers are ready to embrace this higher-end retail mix, which features many first-to-market retailers.

The team at McArthurGlen has done a brilliant job, curating a vibrant roster of tenants that’s fresh, appealing and ready to sell: Shoppers in Vancouver are going to be very excited.

On a personal note, it was such as pleasure working with Andrew Schulman, Senior Vice President of Leasing, North America, for McArthurGlen. We’re honoured to have had the opportunity to be a part of the opening of the British company’s first Canadian outlet centre and we look forward to working with them again.

Vancouver was a great choice for McArthurGlen’s debut—it really is the best climate in Canada for an open-air outlet centre.

And, they have done it beautifully. The build out is very aesthetically pleasing and the attention to detail is remarkable, resulting is a wonderful ambiance. Nothing has been overlooked, inside and out. From the charming exterior finishes—those upper windows are such a nice touch—to the old-world streetlights, brick pedestrian paths and landscaping, the outlet centre has earned its place as a true destination for locals and tourists.

And, of course, the shopping is amazing. Fossil, Lolë, Watch Station and Desigual will be right at home alongside some of the world’s top brands, including Armani, Banana Republic, Coach, J.Crew, Guess, Hugo Boss, Polo and more.

The 240,000 sq. ft. centre features 80 retail spaces and the next phase will add another 140,000 sq. ft., eventually the outlet centre will comprise 150 retailers. Through its network of outlet centres around the world, McArthurGlen has relationships with more than 900 brands, it will be interesting to watch the centre develop and grow.

It’s been a defining couple of years for the outlet market in Canada, which is really gaining steam. Since 2013, five designer outlet centres have opened. At Think Retail, we have been an important contributor to the success of these centres and their robust merchandising mix. Our clients are key tenants, occupying strategic space across the board.

Several more centres are in works and we will continue to play a key role in the outlet industry’s evolution. We see it as an exciting and welcome opportunity for our partner-clients and we look forward to helping them flourish.