Vancouver’s largest outdoor recreation gear and clothing retailer is vacating its current West Broadway location and relocating to a new flagship store at the Olympic Village in the Southeast False Creek neighbourhood. MEC will be opening a 45,000-square-foot location at a large site on the northeast corner of the intersection of 2nd Avenue and Quebec Street.
A new three-storey, 60,000-square-foot building will flank the growing number of residential buildings in the area and replace several small businesses within rundown single-storey structures owned by Beedie Development. The MEC flagship store will occupy the first two levels while the third level will be available for office subleases and community spaces, according to a release.
Project proponents are aiming for a LEED Gold environmental certification through the inclusion of green design elements such as a green roof that captures and manages water.
“Relocating MEC Vancouver nearby our existing location boils down to having a bigger, better and more accessible store to serve our 400,000-plus members who live in the Greater Vancouver Region,” said David Labistour, CEO of MEC, in a statement.
MEC’s decision to relocate its flagship comes just ahead of the expiration of its lease for the 130 West Broadway store, a location that the company has held since 1995. As well, the current store building is nearing the end of its lifespan.
The new store will be designed by Proscenium Architecture & Interiors, which also designed the company’s new headquarters building at the False Creek Flats – about one kilometre east of the Olympic Village development site.
Construction on the new flagship store is expected to begin in 2017 for a completion and opening in mid-2018.