Urban Decay to Open 1st Freestanding Canadian Store

Rendering of the Burnaby store, provided by L'Oreal

Rendering of the Burnaby store, provided by L'Oreal

L'Oreal-owned, California-based cosmetics brand Urban Decay will open its first freestanding Canadian store next month. The 632 square foot boutique is scheduled to open on September 10 at Ivanhoé Cambridge's Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby, BC, serving the greater Vancouver market. 

A second Canadian location will open in November of 2016 at Oxford Properties Group's Square One in Mississauga, followed by more Canadian stores in 2017, according to the company. 

Both locations are marked on the mall floor plans below. 

The new Burnaby store will feature four makeup stations and products not available elsewhere, an 'inspiration wall', a giant digital screen displaying visitors' photos on a live social feed, 100-inch custom nickel chandelier, and a bigger-than-life dog statue made of chrome -- a nod to co-founder Wende Zomnir’s black lab, Marley. The store will be a "sea of purple", according to L'Oreal, and will also feature reclaimed wood-beam flooring to counterbalance the store's chrome fixtures, as well as to keep the space inviting. 

Click above image for interactive Metropolis at Metrotown floor plan.

Click above image for interactive Metropolis at Metrotown floor plan.

Click image for full Square One Shopping Centre mall map

Click image for full Square One Shopping Centre mall map

Photo: Urban Decay

Photo: Urban Decay

Urban Decay was founded in Newport Beach, California, in 1996 by Pat Holmes, Sandy Lerner, Wende Zomnir and David Soward. Ms. Zomnir is the company's co-CEO, along with Tim Warner. After multiple ownerships (including LVMH Group), L'Oreal purchased Urban Decay in 2013 for an estimated $350 million. The line prides itself for being 'cruelty free' by not testing on animals. The brand's 'Naked Collection' is considered to be among one of the highest-quality cosmetics brands available, and the company has collaborated with celebrities such as Gwen Stafani on initiatives, including female empowerment. The brand has only a handful of freestanding US locations. 

Canadian Retail News From Around The Web: August 23, 2016