Vancouver-based multi-discipline performance training and fitness brand RYU has secured retail space for its second store location. The store will open in the summer of 2016. The company plans to open as many as 17 Canadian locations as part of its North American expansion that will see 100 stores by the year 2025.
RYU's first retail location opened at 1745 W. 4 Avenue in Vancouver in November of 2015. The 5,600 square foot store acts as the brand's global flagship.
"After initial success with our flagship store in Kitsilano – the athletic hub of the city – Robson was the next logical location," said Marcello Leone, CEO, President and Chairman of the Board for RYU. "As Vancouver's premiere shopping destination it attracts shoppers from all corners of the city and beyond."
RYU's second location will measure about 1,100 square feet at 805 Thurlow Street, in a retail space formerly occupied by a White Spot 'Triple O's' restaurant. The store will feature the same industrial/modern aesthetic as the West 4 Avenue flagship, which was designed by award-winning AA Roberts Architects.
Founded in Portland, Oregon, RYU or 'Respect Your Universe', is an athletic tech-style apparel brand engineered for the fitness, training and performance of the multi-discipline athlete. Marcello Leone, son of the founders of Vancouver-based multi-brand luxury retailer Leone, took the company over in 2014 and spearheaded an overhaul which saw its headquarters moved from the United States to Canada, choosing his hometown of Vancouver to be its new corporate address. RYU's intention is to become the world's top multi-discipline performance training and fitness brand, according to Mr. Leone.