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MEC and Beedie unveil plans to develop new flagship store in Olympic Village

Mixed-use development with 45,000-sq-ft store would support 400,000 local members to be active

Vancouver B.C. (October 7, 2015) MEC, the outdoor retailer that embodies many Vancouverites’ passion for active lifestyles, is joining Beedie Development Group to unveil plans to develop a new flagship store in Olympic Village. The proposal would see a three-storey mixed-use green building of approximately 60,000-square-feet developed at 2nd Avenue and Quebec Street on the south-east corner of the False Creek neighbourhood.

“Relocating MEC Vancouver nearby our existing location boils down to having a bigger, better and more accessible store to serve our 400,000-plus members who live in the Greater Vancouver Region,” said CEO David Labistour. “It’s an opportune time now to plan the move, as the end our existing lease is in sight.”

MEC’s development proposal for the Olympic Village site, which is owned by Beedie Development Group, will be filed with the city planning department today. The co-op’s proposal calls for a retail store totalling 45,000-square-feet on two levels. Office space on the third floor would include a mix of MEC and sublease spaces as well as a community space.

The design embodies MEC’s signature green building form and seeks to contribute to sustainable urban development in South-East False Creek. The development is designed to achieve a minimum LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification.

Numerous sightlines into the store and a wide pedestrian boulevard on both 2nd Avenue and Quebec Street promise to animate the space. An undulating green roof that captures and manages water and tasteful use of materials will characterize the building.

“We have owned this gateway site since 2007 and wanted to ensure any future development would enhance the area,” said Ryan Beedie, President of Beedie Development Group. “Olympic Village is recognized as one of the most sustainable neighbourhoods in the world, making MEC the perfect fit.”

Labistour added, “Outdoor activity pervades Olympic Village, and great opportunities exist there for synergy with the MEC brand.”

MEC’s new store in Olympic Village will replace its store at 130 West Broadway, which the Vancouver-based retailer has occupied since 1995. That building is nearing the end of its useful life. MEC’s lease term for the West Broadway building is also nearing its end.

Proscenium Architecture & Interiors, which designed MEC’s award-winning North Vancouver store and its new head office facility on Great Northern Way, is leading the development application on behalf of MEC and Beedie Development Group.

It is anticipated that approvals for the project will take up to one year, with construction scheduled to begin in early 2017 and continue for 18 months. By that timeline, MEC’s new flagship store in Olympic Village would open in mid-2018.

About MEC
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.

About Beedie:
Beedie Development Group is a developer of industrial, commercial and residential real estate, and the largest private industrial land owner in British Columbia. Their vertically integrated structure addresses all aspects of development, including land acquisition, design, construction, financing and property management. Beedie Living, the company’s residential division, has become a leading developer of large-scale residential and mixed-use projects. For over 60 years, Beedie Development Group has maintained a steadfast commitment to customer satisfaction, and an enduring drive to give back through philanthropic initiatives in education and healthcare. The company prides itself on building quality projects and developing lasting relationships along the way.

For more information and to obtain a rendering of MEC’s proposed new Vancouver store, please contact:

Kathleen McDonald
NKPR
kathleen@nkpr.net
416-365-3630 ext. 252

Andrew Sutherland
MEC Public Relations
andrew.sutherland@mec.ca
778-320-4291 (mobile)
604-707-3304 (direct)