First look at MUJI’s first Vancouver-area location at Metrotown

First MUJI store in Western Canada opens this summer

MUJI Metrotown store opening
Architectural rendering of MUJI's Metrotown location, scheduled to open in the summer of 2017.

We are getting a first look at the new MUJI store scheduled to open at Metropolis at Metrotown this summer.

The company released a rendering early Monday of their upcoming location at B.C.’s largest shopping centre. The 7,770 sq. feet store will be on the ground level.

The store will be the first MUJI location to open in the Vancouver area, and will offer the full range of merchandise including household goods, apparel and food. 

“Since we opened our first store in 2014, we received many requests from Vancouver and we know that people have been waiting for us,” said Toru Akita, president of MUJI Canada. “We are extremely excited to finally bring MUJI to Vancouver. While we know we already have fans in Vancouver, we hope to also share our philosophy with people who don’t know us yet.”

As we’ve reported previously, the arrival of the minimalist Japanese brand is so highly-anticipated, that access to the company’s recent pop-up store in downtown Vancouver was by invitation only.

A second MUJI store is also planned for Robson Street in downtown Vancouver. That store will be the largest MUJI in Canada, at 10,000 square feet and will be open by December 2017. It will be located in the former Gap space, mid-block between Thurlow and Bute streets.

Mujirushi Ryohin, MUJI in Japanese, translates as “no-brand quality goods.” MUJI was founded in Japan in 1980 and now has more than 800 stores around the world, carrying more than 7,000 items.

MUJI expanded to Canada in 2014, with the opening of Toronto’s Atrium location (Yonge and Dundas), followed by the Square One Shopping Centre location in Mississauga, and the Yorkdale Shopping Centre location which opened last year.