MUJI opening Vancouver-area location at Metrotown

First MUJI store in Metro Vancouver opens this summer at Metrotown; hiring underway

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

We are getting a look at the first Metro Vancouver MUJI store, scheduled to open at Metrotown this summer.

The company has released a rendering of their upcoming location at B.C.’s largest shopping centre, Metropolis at Metrotown.

The 7,770 sq. feet store will be on the ground level in the Hudson’s Bay wing.

Meanwhile a second MUJI location — slated for the former Gap store on Robson Street in downtown Vancouver — will be the store’s Canadian flagship location. The 16,000 sq ft. space will be larger than originally anticipated, Retail Insider reports. The location is expected to be open by December 2017.

Signage for the new MUJI store at Metrotown is up, as pointed out on Twitter by a local Japanese blogger:

Hiring for Metrotown location underway

Hiring for the new store is already underway, with a job posting for a full-time brand ambassador posted on indeed.com

The store is looking for “strong retail professionals with visual merchandising experience to join our team and open our newest location which will be opening in Metrotown.”

First Metro Vancouver location

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 at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel was by invitation only.

From Japan to the world

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.

MUJI will open a fourth location in Markham, Ont. on July 22, 2017.