Attention Shoppers: List of New Luxury Malls and Stores Opening in Vancouver

Plans for the new Simons store in Park Royal Mall.

Plans for the new Simons store in Park Royal Mall.

It’s a great time to be a shopper in Vancouver.  Retailers from around the world are scheduled to open new flagships stores in the city in the coming months and years.  New malls are under construction and old ones are under renovation.

Here’s a quick look at some of the upcoming changes in Vancouver’s retail landscape:

Park Royal Mall RedevelopmentThe venerable North Shore mall is in the midst of a $150-million improvement and expansion project that will add an additional 300,000 square feet of retail space.  New tenants like Anthropologie and Zara will soon be joined by Vancouver’s first La Maison Simons.  The Quebec-based specialty fashion retailer is slated to open a 100,000-square-foot store in 2015.   Continue reading:
Attention Shoppers: List of New Luxury Malls and Stores Opening in Vancouver

Attention Shoppers: 100-Store Luxury Outlet Mall Coming to Vancouver

A McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Centre, like this one in Athens, Greece, is coming to Vancouver.  Photo credit: Tilemahos Efthimiadis | Flickr

A McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Centre, like this one in Athens, Greece, is coming to Vancouver. Photo credit: Tilemahos Efthimiadis | Flickr

Love outlet shopping but hate that long trip to Seattle Premium Outlets in Washington?

You may be in luck.  Construction is now underway on B.C.’s first luxury outlet mall … and it happens to be conveniently located along the Canada Line.

The mall is situated on a parcel of land owned by Vancouver International Airport, next to the Templeton SkyTrain Station on Richmond’s Sea Island, according to an article in the Vancouver Sun. Plans call for 100 stores in an initial phase, ultimately growing to 35,000 square feet of retail space.

The layout will be familiar to anyone with outlet shopping experience.  The mall is designed as a kind of open-air village, with pedestrian-only streets linking up different stores. It will be a partnership between the U.K.’s McArthurGlen Group and the Vancouver Airport Authority.

As for the proposed name for the new complex, it’s a bit of a mouthful: McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Centre Vancouver Airport. (Here’s hoping they come up with a catchier name than that. Maybe a crowd-sourced contest is in order?)

But now onto the important stuff: Which luxury stores are going to set up shop in the new outlets?

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Attention Shoppers: 100-Store Luxury Outlet Mall Coming to Vancouver

YVR Cuts Wait Times for Fliers to USA

Photo credit: iambents | Flickr

Photo credit: iambents | Flickr

Frequent fliers know the drill.  You’re already late for a flight out of YVR to the U.S. when you find yourself stuck in a massive lineup waiting to clear U.S. customs and immigration.  As the minutes tick away, the line crawls forward.

Those days may soon thankfully be a thing of the past.  Self-service kiosks for Canadians traveling to the U.S. are scheduled to be introduced at the Vancouver International Airport by the end of May.  The service is already available for Americans flying to the U.S. out of the airport.

The automated kiosks are similar to those already in place for Canadians returning to Canada, according to an article in the Vancouver Sun.  Those were introduced in 2009, during airport overhauls prior to Vancouver’s Olympic Games, and have succeeded in significantly reducing delays.  Passengers simply scan their passport, then feed their customs declaration into the machine, which spits out a copy for display to a waiting border agent.

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How Fast Can You Eat a Japadog? Japadog Eating Contest at YVR

Japadog’s famous Terimayo. Photo: Remy Scalza

How fast can you down a Terimayo? How about 20 Terimayos?

Japadog, Vancouver’s most famous street food vendor, is hosting a Japadog eating contest to see who can eat the most Japadogs in 10 minutes at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR) on August 17, 2012.

(Yes, there is a Japadog at YVR.)

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How Fast Can You Eat a Japadog? Japadog Eating Contest at YVR

A Terimayo Before Your Flight? Japadog lands at YVR

Photo credit: are you gonna eat that | Flickr

There’s been lots of food cart news lately in Vancouver: 12 new vendors; carts in public parks; a food truck block party at the Waldorf.  Amid all the excitement, however, this tasty bit of news slid through the cracks.

Japadog now has a food cart right outside of the International Arrivals Terminal at Vancouver’s YVR airport.   Airport dining may never be the same.

I noticed the brightly colored cart – with its endorsements from the likes of Ice Cube and Steven Seagal – while leaving the airport earlier this week.  The savoury smell of all-beef dogs topped with miso, wasabi, seaweed and daikon made me wish I’d skipped the in-flight meal.

I was disappointed to discover, however, that no one seemed to be patronizing the new YVR Japadog.  Travelers hustled by lugging carry-ons and suitcases, but nobody bothered to pause for some Asian-infused, wiener-based refreshment.  Considering that the downtown Japadogs are usually queued up day and night, this came as a surprise.  Continue reading:
A Terimayo Before Your Flight? Japadog lands at YVR