MEC Edmonton gearing up to move to city’s Brewery District in spring 2017
New two-storey 38,000-sq-ft location will enable Co-op to better serve its 197,000 local members
Vancouver, BC (September 9, 2015) MEC Edmonton, a hub for active outdoor lifestyles, will relocate its 102nd Avenue store to a new larger purpose-built location in the Edmonton Brewery District that’s currently being developed on 104th Avenue and 120th Street. The new MEC store will open in spring 2017.
MEC’s new two-storey 38,000-square-foot store will enable the outdoor retail co-operative to better serve its 197,000 Edmonton members with an expanded product assortment, improved merchandising and a more accessible location.
“We’ve outgrown our existing space and have been planning to relocate the store for several years,” said MEC CFO Sandy Treagus. “We seized the opportunity to relocate MEC Edmonton to the Brewery District, as it allows us to remain in the core and to be an integral part of a vibrant mixed-use urban development.”
Currently in the planning stages, the design of MEC’s new Edmonton store will be finalized over the next three months and will keep with the ‘developed over time’ character of the Brewery District.
The store will be built to achieve a minimum of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification.
“Edmontonians embrace being active outdoors – camping, biking and running, and skiing are just a few of the popular activities they do that MEC supports,” said Treagus. “We’re excited to start our third decade of operations in Edmonton and to welcome existing and new MEC members to our Brewery District location.”
Construction of MEC’s new Edmonton store is set to begin next April, and span approximately one year. Until then, it will be business as usual at the 102nd Avenue store, as MEC works to seamlessly transition from the old location to the new one.
With its heritage backdrop, pedestrian-friendly walkways and commitment to green building, the Brewery District will include such tenants as City Market, Shoppers Drug Mart and GoodLife. The development will be adjacent to the future Valley Line light rail transit with a stop at 120th Street.
The Edmonton Brewery District is a mixed-use development project of First Capital Realty and Sun Life Investment Management.
Canada’s leading outdoor retailer, MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op) is passionate about inspiring and enabling everyone to lead active outdoor lifestyles. From city streets and yoga studios to backcountry trails and pristine waterways, MEC matches people with the expertise, experience, enthusiasm and gear they need for camping, snowsports, watersports, cycling, climbing, hiking, running, yoga and fitness. Through our commitment to 1% for the Planet, every year member purchases allow us to donate one percent of sales ($3 million in 2014) to Canadian non-profit organizations that help conserve ecologically and recreationally important areas. MEC has over 4 million members across Canada. Become part of MEC with a $5 lifetime membership and visit us at our 18 stores, at www.mec.ca and our Shop MEC iPhone® app.
For more information and to arrange an interview regarding MEC’s new Edmonton store, please contact:
416-365-3630 ext. 252