MEC to open second store in Alberta capital, at South Edmonton Common
Outdoor retailer’s new 35,000-sq-ft location set to host community at grand opening on Saturday
Vancouver, BC (November 12, 2016) Alberta’s go-to-place for outdoor gear and know-how, MEC is doubling its presence in the provincial capital with the much-anticipated opening of its new 35,000-square-foot South Edmonton Common store. The South Edmonton location complements MEC’s existing downtown store.
To celebrate the new store, the retailer is inviting Edmonton’s outdoor community to attend a grand opening event today, Saturday, November 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The first 200 people through the door will receive a special welcome gift, and for every new member who signs up at the grand opening event, MEC will donate $10 to CPAWS Northern Alberta. Prizes will be offered throughout the day, and one lucky participant will win a $5,000 MEC shopping spree.
MEC CEO David Labistour said, “Our 250,000 Edmonton members embody MEC’s passion for all manner of outdoor activities – from camping, hiking and climbing to cycling, running, paddling and snowsports. We’re thrilled to now be able to serve them at South Edmonton Common, one of Western Canada’s premiere open-air shopping districts.”
“My staff are super-excited to welcome existing and future members alike to our beautiful new South Edmonton location,” said store manager Garry Beer. “Day in, day out, supporting people to be active outdoors is what we do, and the new store provides a great mix of gear, services and community programming to help them live a healthy fun lifestyle.”
MEC’s South Edmonton store is designed to serve as a community hub. Inside, members will find services that include a full-service bike repair and ski-tech shop, a bike fitting station and an equipment rental program. A community meeting room will be available for use by local outdoor clubs and environmental organizations. A family washroom and wheelchair accessible point-of-sale (cash desk) are also provided.
Community events, such as the MEC Race and Century Ride series and MEC Snowfest will be supported through both the existing downtown Edmonton location and the new store.
Since 2010, MEC has supported over 120 recreation and conservation projects in Edmonton by investing more than $190,000 through its Community Contributions program. Province-wide, MEC has supported more than 300 recreation and conservation projects in Alberta, investing over $1 million since 2010.
The design of the South Edmonton Common store provides an inviting shopping environment both inside and out. Materials used are meant to evoke the northern Alberta landscape, and wood is featured extensively, particularly in the distinctive floating canopy that marks the entrance.
MEC’s new South Edmonton store is part of the co-op’s growth in several provinces, which includes significant investments in Alberta. Not only will MEC’s existing downtown Edmonton store relocate to a new larger location at the city’s Brewery District next spring, new stores are planned for South Calgary and West Calgary in 2018 and 2019. Plus, last month, it opened a new store in Laval, Quebec and in a few weeks’ time it will open its second store in the GTA in North York, Ontario.
MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op) is Canada’s go-to place for outdoor gear, know-how and inspiration. Combining high-quality apparel and equipment with expert advice and firsthand experience, MEC supports a wide range of activities including camping, snowsports, watersports, cycling, climbing, hiking, running, yoga and travel. Established in 1971, MEC is Canada’s largest consumer co-operative with over 4 million members across the country. A lifetime membership is available for $5. A strong backer of community initiatives, MEC has invested over $34 million and counting into non-profit organizations that support outdoor recreation and
conservation. For more information, visit mec.ca and follow @mec, or visit one of our 20 stores nationwide.
For more information and to arrange an interview about MEC’s new South Edmonton store, please contact:
416-365-3630 ext. 252