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Lululemon Coastal Om Sunset Yoga Class with Eoin and Insiya Finn Outside New Robson Store!

To celebrate the opening of the new Lululemon Athletica Robson Street store, there was a sunset yoga class right on Robson Street!

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It was led by alumni Ambassadors Eoin and Insiya Finn!

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And here are their pose demonstrators.

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Mermaids on stage and the bubble machine close by!

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And here we go! Let’s start off with some hugs!

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Here are some instructors correcting some of the poses.

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These three had on the new limited edition bicycle tanks!

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Yes, the fish mascot was doing some yoga poses!

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Yep, this class made the local news!

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Some stand out individual poses!

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I loved this little kid taking a ride on his Mom’s downward dog! Here’s another kid watching yoga.

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Here’s one of the Seawheeze volunteers I worked with! He still had the energy to do this class after our shift!

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A photo of the Lululemon Tesla!

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What a yoga class! This was a great celebration of the new store!


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Grand Opening of Vancouver Lululemon New Flagship Store Burrard at Robson Street

Thursday was the official grand opening of Lululemon’s new flagship store in Vancouver, on Burrard Street at Robson Street!

The store was open on Tuesday for the media and Wednesday as a soft opening.

I received an email saying that the first 100 people in line would get a special limited edition item!

I heard that the earliest people got there at 7 AM. I didn’t get there until around 9:15 and I was number 72. By the time the store had opened at 10, all of the numbers were gone.

Here’s a view of the line up.

Grand Opening of Vancouver Lululemon New Flagship Store Burrard at Robson Street

Grand Opening of Vancouver Lululemon New Flagship Store Burrard at Robson Street

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The first 100 people went straight for the limited edition shirts that we would get! There were womens racerback tank tops and mens 5 year t-shirts with a bicycle theme.

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This is one of the three that I bought. I liked it because of the red bottles of wine in the basket. Then, I also saw that it had a tiny sign showing my neighborhood, Kits, which is also where the first Lululemon store started.

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Here are some views of the rest of the store.

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This is the changing room area from two directions.

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Here is the check out area. They also had mobile check out machines on this busy day, too!

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This is really cool. These just look like photos of the bottoms. But if you watch them for a while, all of a sudden, the legs will move and you realize that they are videos of the pants!

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This is the community board area. It also included some Seawheeze information as well.

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Here are some photos of the exterior of the store. They were running a video of last year’s Seawheeze Half-Marathon!

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This is the largest mens section I have ever seen in a Lululemon store.

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Here is the mens shorts bar, where men can custom order their shorts.

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I really love this new store and look forward to not only shopping here but also having the free Sunday yoga classes here!


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Last Sunday Yoga Class at the Old Robson Lululemon Store, Construction on the New Burrard Store

Now that the new Lululemon Flagship store is almost finished for the Opening, the old Robson Street Lululemon store is ready to close its doors. They have been having regular Thursday morning and Sunday morning yoga classes for a long time. This was a photo of the last Sunday class.

Last Sunday Yoga Class at the Old Robson Lululemon Store, Construction on the New Burrard Store

Last Sunday Yoga Class at the Old Robson Lululemon Store, Construction on the New Burrard Store

And one last one outside the store.

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Here are photos of the last-minute construction on the new flagship store. I can’t imagine how much overtime they must be paying these construction workers! I wonder if it will all get done for the opening on Tuesday. The grand opening will be on Thursday, just in time to launch the 2014 Lululemon Seawheeze Half Marathon. I can hardly wait to see it!

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Update: The new flagship store was not ready to open today as they had planned. It will now open on Thursday, the grand opening day.


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Vancouver Lululemon Flagship Store to Open Soon!

I walked by the construction site of the new Lululemon Flagship store on Burrard Street and Robson Street.

It was announced that it will be open August 19th, 2014!

Here’s a view from across the street.

Vancouver Lululemon Flagship Store to Open Soon!

Vancouver Lululemon Flagship Store to Open Soon!

As I went closer though, I saw that they had put up sheets of the Lululemon manifesto to cover up what they were doing inside.

Here are some photos of them. They covered all the windows up pretty well! Guess it’ll be a big surprise on opening day!

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On August 17th, the Robson Street store will be closed down. I will miss this store! I’ve been taking yoga classes at that store for years.

A few days after the big opening, Lululemon will have the third annual Seawheeze Half-Marathon! So that’ll be great timing for the store to be open for all of the out-of-town participants to get a little shopping in before they leave.

I can hardly wait to see the new store!


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Lululemon Flagship Vancouver Store Construction Update

I was downtown today and noticed some signs at the construction area where the Vancouver Lululemon flagship store is being built.

Here is the area.

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Lululemon Flagship Vancouver Store Construction Update

Here are close ups of the signs on the site.

The first one says, ‘I complete my first 100K trail ultramarathon by May 2014’.

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Here’s the next one: ‘I found and publicly launch the SARA foundation for Cancer Prevention and Management by July 30, 2014.

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Here’s the next one: We relocate and open this store to this location late summer 2014.

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And the last one: still open at 1148 Robson, just down the street.

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They only have a few weeks left before the Seawheeze half-marathon. I presumed that they will want to have this store finished and opened in time for that event, but who knows? I’m really looking forward to seeing this new store!

 


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Lululemon Building New Flagship Store in Downtown Vancouver to open Summer 2014

A year ago, I had read a post in the Retail Insider blog that said that Lululemon was in talks to build a new flagship store in downtown Vancouver. This was confirmed two days ago in another post. (I used to refer to Vancouver’s flagship store as the one on West 4th but that was because it was the first store.)

Here it is, almost a year later, and other news stories have come out to say that it has been confirmed that Lululemon is building a larger space on Burrard Street and Robson Street. I remembered going to the Blenz coffee shop and the New Balance Sporting store that was in that space before. Lululemon already has a store on Robson street, a few blocks west but this new store will be much larger and more prominent.

I walked by the spot yesterday and saw this construction area. They say that it will be almost four times larger than the Robson store they have now.

This store at 4400 square feet, will be larger than Lululemon’s present largest store, which is in the Edmonton. It is also the store with the highest sales figures. Will that change once they open this new store?

Lululemon Building New Flagship Store in Downtown Vancouver to open Summer 2014

Lululemon Building New Flagship Store in Downtown Vancouver to open Summer 2014

I presume that it will be open in time for the Lululemon Seawheeze Half Marathon in August! I’m really looking forward to shopping in this new store this summer!


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Chip Wilson to Step Down as Lululemon Chairman

I have to admit that I was very sad to read the Lululemon press release that announced that Lululemon co-founder, Chip Wilson, will be stepping down as Chairman in the coming year.

This is an end to an era that I do not want to face. So much of Lululemon’s success can be attributed to Chip and Shannon Wilson, so what will happen when they are gone?

I was there when this store opened in my neighborhood of Kitsilano in Vancouver. I was there in the early days when Chip himself was in the store and tried to sell me product. I was there years later after Lululemon had much success and he still tried to educate me when I was looking at mens pants one day. I was so impressed with his enthusiasm and down to earth manner both at the beginning and in later years.

This is someone who had the vision to foresee the popularity of yoga and provided the most comfortable and stylish clothing for it. Years ago, few people did yoga and now, yoga classes are as prolific as Sushi restaurants in Kitsilano. Now, Lululemon is so much more than being a yoga clothing store. There is dance wear, running apparel and much more.

Controversy? Yes. In the end, any comment or action could be misconstrued or exaggerated. In my opinion, most of the criticism was totally unfounded. But once somebody becomes the target of late night talk shows and angry people who can’t fit into yoga pants, there’s not much you can do.

So thank you Chip Wilson for your vision. I can honestly say that my lifestyle has changed for the better because of Lululemon. I regret that you are leaving Lululemon. I wonder what will become of the company. I do not have much confidence. I fear the future.

Oh yeah, there was something else in the news release about Christine Day finally getting her successor. Watch the movement of the stock to see what stockholders think of the decision.