French sports equipment manufacturing company Salomon will be shuttering its West Vancouver store located in the Park Royal Shopping Centre. Large “Store Closing” banners were seen over the weekend in the main windows as well as a farewell message to faithful clients on the store’s front door. The store opened in October 2011 and was the launch of the company’s new store design concept which was the first of its kind in the world. The closure coincides with what would have been its 10 year anniversary at Park Royal Shopping Centre.
The closure leaves one corporate Salomon location in Canada located in Whistler. Retail Insider spoke with the Whistler location which confirmed that it will remain open.
An announcement on the Salomon Vancouver Instagram account indicated the final day for the location would be September 22, 2021 with the liquidation process beginning the week of August 13, 2021.
The West Vancouver store is located in “The Village” portion of Park Royal Shopping Centre between the Lindt Chocolate store and New Age Nike store.
Other retailers recently shuttering in “The Village” include Vancouver-based fashion brand Kit and Ace across the street from Salomon as well as the Montreal-based DAVIDsTEA location next to the former Kit and Ace location.
Based in Annecy, France and founded in 1947, Salomon has 85 corporate stores worldwide including the location in West Vancouver and one in Whistler. Oddly, Salomon has no locations in the United States and has locations in Mexico, Chile and the remainder spread across Europe.
Salomon Group is part of Amer Sports which is a Finnish sporting goods company with brands including Arc’teryx, Peak Performance, Atomic, Suunto, Wilson, Precor, Armada, ENVE Composites, Louisville Slugger, DeMarini and Sports Tracker. Amer Sports was bought out by Anta Sports, a Chinese sports equipment multinational corporation, in 2019.