The opening of a Japanese household and consumer goods retail giant’s new flagship store in Vancouver is creating 150 jobs, supports local businesses and offers British Columbians a new place to shop for the holiday season.
At more than 1,300 square metres (approximately 14,000 square feet), this is MUJI’s largest store in Canada and largest outside of Asia.
“MUJI’s choice of Vancouver as its preferred location for its Canadian flagship store demonstrates strong confidence in the B.C. economy,” said Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology Bruce Ralston prior to a pre-opening event on Dec. 1, 2017. “Retail investment in B.C. continues to flourish, which means jobs for British Columbians, more choice for consumers and an exciting new shopping destination for locals and visitors.”
“Our goal is to create a comfortable and relaxing space where Vancouverites can experience new MUJI services and products in a truly distinct environment,” said MUJI Canada president Mr. Toru Akita. “We are very excited to share this space with the local community, and we are honoured to celebrate this opening with our partners, as well as the local and provincial government bodies that helped make this possible.”
MUJI was founded in Japan in 1980 and now has more than 850 stores worldwide. With the opening of the Vancouver flagship location, there are now six MUJI stores in Canada. The grand opening is Dec. 2, 2017 at 10 a.m.
- With 1,348 square metres (14,507 square feet) of retail space and more than 4,500 products, the Robson Street location will be MUJI’s largest store outside of Asia.
- Mujirushi Ryohin, MUJI in Japanese, translates as “no-brand quality goods”.
- MUJI expanded to Canada in 2014, with the opening of four stores in Ontario. A fifth store opened in Burnaby in August 2017.
- In 2016, the retail industry in B.C. employed 280,200 people.
- B.C. retail sales continued to climb in 2017, reaching over $7.1 billion in September 2017, outperforming last year’s high of $6.6 billion.
- Japan is B.C.’s third-largest trading partner, with B.C. exports to Japan reaching $3.7 billion last year, higher than any other Canadian province.
To learn more about MUJI, visit: www.muji.com/ca/
For information about how the Province promotes international investment in B.C., visit Trade and Invest B.C. at www.britishcolumbia.ca/