MEC, Canada’s leading outdoor retailer, confirmed its relocated Toronto flagship store will open April 13, 2019.
MEC will occupy two levels of the 54,000-square-foot development located at 300 Queen Street West, offering the 490,000 Co-op members in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) a wider assortment of products and services. In addition to a better layout and inspiring store experiences, the new flagship will serve as a community hub, offering clinics, events, member services and spaces for local outdoor groups and organizations to reserve and use.
Notable features of MEC’s new Toronto flagship include:
- “Basecamp” open-concept community space: used to host how-to clinics, community events and to connect members with places to camp, hike and get active outside in Ontario.
- Bouldering wall: a 1,000-square-foot wall for in-store climbing
- Full-service bike repair and ski shop: a new open-concept design offering a welcoming space for MEC specialist staff to help members gear up for biking and skiing adventures
“We’re honoured to join the vibrant and historic shopping community on Queen Street West,” said MEC director of store development, George Bevan. “The new Toronto flagship will act as a hub for local residents, urban commuters and active people across the GTA, making it the place to start any adventure. By relocating to this highly accessible location, we are better able to serve our members, adding lasting value, vibrant in-store experiences and vitality through our services and programming.”
The store features a distinctive floating canopy to mark the store’s entrance and interior wood elements to define the store and display merchandise. Like all MEC buildings, the MEC Toronto store will be operationally carbon neutral, using renewable energy, when it opens. MEC has 23 stores nationwide.