The 3,967 square foot Park Royal retail space will be designed by architect Tony Robins with the same industrial-modern aesthetic look as RYU's award winning flagship store in Vancouver's Kitsilano, which was recently named "Best New Store" by London-based trend forecasting website WGSN. RYU's first retail location, measuring 5,600 square feet, opened at 1745 W. 4 Avenue in November of 2015 and acts as the brand's global flagship.
In late July of this year, RYU will open its second location at 805 Thurlow Street in downtown Vancouver. The store, located just off of busy Robson Street, will measure about 1,100 square feet in a retail space formerly occupied by a White Spot 'Triple O's' restaurant.
"The addition of our second and now third stores will allow us to deliver our product to a much broader demographic," said Marcello Leone, CEO for RYU. "We are pleased to see construction successfully underway for our Thurlow location, and anticipate progress at Park Royal South will follow closely behind."
Trevor Thomas of Aurora Realty Consultants represented RYU in the Park Royal lease negotiation. Mr. Thomas said: "The north shore seemed like a natural fit for RYU given the active lifestyle it offers so we are very excited to have secured a great location in the Village at Park Royal. This will be RYU's third store to open in Vancouver this year with a couple more planned and we are actively looking for new locations in the Toronto market."
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.