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Retail Profile: Willowbrook Shopping Centre in Langley BC (July 2021)

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Retail Insider continues its Photo Tour series of Canadian malls which began as a result of COVID-19 closures. We have been providing insights into shopping centres coast-to-coast which may otherwise be overlooked. This edition takes us to the Willowbrook Shopping Centre in Langley, BC within the Metro Vancouver area. The one-level shopping centre contains approximately 140 stores spread across around 60,064 square metres (646,520 sq ft) of retail space. QuadReal Property Group is the owner and management company for the shopping centre.

Willowbrook Shopping Centre in Langley, BC.
Willowbrook Shopping Centre in Langley, BC. Photo: Google Map with overlay by Retail Insider.
Arial view of Willowbrook Shopping Centre in Langley, BC. Photo: Google Maps
Willowbrook Mall Map
Overall Willowbrook Mall Map. Photo: Willowbrook Mall

The main anchors for the shopping center include:

Junior anchor stores for the shopping centre include a 44,000-square-foot Toys R Us store, a 42,000-square-foot Sport Chek store, and a 20,200-square-foot H&M store. All three anchors were recently relocated to a reconfigured space that was once home to a Target store before the US chain exited Canada in early 2015.

Willowbrook Shopping Centre entrance signage (July 2021)
Willowbrook Shopping Centre entrance signage (July 2021). Photo: Lee Rivett.

History of Willowbrook Shopping Centre

The shopping centre opened in 1979 and has undergone a number of major expansions and renovations, with the last one in 2020 which included the expansion and relocation of Toys R Us and Sport Chek to the former Target space. 

Landlord QuadReal announced in July 2021 their expansion plans to add a new 27,500 square foot section called THE COURTYARD. Included will be 10 new food and beverage options and an entertainment area in an outdoor village-like configuration as part of an effort to attract shoppers and increase dwell time at the retail centre. 

Willowbrook mall in Langley exterior entrance. Photo: Lee Rivett.

Breaking up Willowbrook Shopping Centre

Willowbrook Shopping Centre is roughly laid out in a racetrack format with a couple additions on the south (bottom) side of the mall. As a result, the simplistic, one level layout was divided into four quarters for the purpose of this retail tour.

Tour Zones for Willowbrook Mall
Tour Zones for Willowbrook Mall. Photo: Map by Willowbrook Mall and overlay by Retail Insider.
  • Upper Left (highlighted in Red): Main anchor would be the upcoming T&T Market.
  • Upper Right (highlighted in Green): Main anchor Hudson’s Bay
  • Lower Right (highlighted in Orange): Main anchors of Nordstrom Rack and Winners.
  • Lower Left (highlighted in Purple): Main anchors of Toys R Us, Sport Chek and H&M.

Upper Left section of Willowbrook Shopping Centre

Northwest portion of Willowbrook in Langley.

The ‘upper left’ quadrant in the northwest corner is the first tour zone of the shopping centre. T&T Supermarkets is planning on opening a location to anchor this portion of the mall in the fall and will span 39,040 square feet. Job fairs were noted in July 2021 while touring the shopping centre.

Future entrance for T&T Supermarket at Willowbrook Mall (July 2021)
Future entrance for T&T Supermarket at Willowbrook Mall (July 2021). Photo: Lee Rivett.

Other retailers in this section include Lenscrafters, Purdy’s Chocolates, Boathouse, Blackwell Supply, Lids, Below the Belt, Lululemon Pop-Up, Journeys, Serena, Bentley, Jack & Jones, EB Games, Call It Spring, Nutrition House, Peoples Jewellers and Mountain Warehouse.

Mall corridor at Willowbrook Mall in Langley (Jul 2021). Photo: Lee Rivett

Upper Right section of Willowbrook Shopping Centre

Continuing eastward from the first tour zone brings the tour to the northern exit where several stores have shuttered in anticipation of a construction/expansion of THE COURTYARD.

Closure announcement for construction to begin on THE COURTYARD. Photo: Willowbrook Instagram

The extreme eastern end of the shopping center is the long-standing anchor tenant, the Hudson’s Bay Company.

Northeast portion of Willowbrook in Langley.

Hudson Bay exterior at Willowbrook Mall in Langley (July 2021).
Hudson Bay exterior at Willowbrook Mall in Langley (July 2021). Photo: Lee Rivett.

Other retailers in this section include Sephora, The Children’s Place, Icing, Anne-Louise Jewellers, Aldo, Little Mountain, Michael Hill, Sirens, Pandora, Golden Tree Jewellers, The Source, The Shoe Company, Bootlegger, Ricki’s and Spencers.

Lower Right section of Willowbrook Shopping Centre

The ‘lower right’ quadrant in the southeast corner portion of the shopping centre includes another entrance for the main anchor tenant of the Hudson’s Bay. It is also home to the current food court for the shopping centre.

The first-in-BC Nordstrom Rack opened in September 17, 2020 spanning about 30,000 square feet as well as a Winners store which opened May 23, 2020.

Southeast portion of Willowbrook in Langley.
Mall corridor leading to Nordstrom Rack and Winners at Willowbrook Mall (July 2021). Photo: Lee Rivett.

In addition to the food court, the other retailers include American Eagle, Claire’s, Zumiez, Quilts Etc., Urban Kids, The Body Shop, Northern Reflections, Foot Locker, Sunglass Hut, House of Knives, Showcase, Kerrisdale Cameras, Sunrise Records, Artic Fame Diamonds, Ben Moss Jewellers, Bath & Body Works, Soft Moc, Murchies Fine Tea, Coles Bookstore, and T. Kettle.

Lower Left section of Willowbrook Shopping Centre

The ‘lower left’ quadrant in the southwest corner portion of the shopping centre contains several large format retailers which repurposed the former Target space.

Southwest portion of Willowbrook in Langley.
H&M at Willowbrook Mall in Langley (July 2021). Photo: Lee Rivett.

We hope you enjoyed this update of Willowbrook Mall in Langley, B.C. and are always excited to see the changes at Canadian shopping centres. Don’t forget to check out our other retail photo tours over the past few months. Thank you for taking this tour with us.

Article Author

Lee Rivetthttps://retail-insider.com
Lee Rivett, based in Vancouver, supports the digital distribution and technical backend operations of Retail Insider. This includes providing technical support for the editors during the digital publication cycle, streamlining virtual tools for the cross-country team and a variety of other duties which keeps the publication running smoothly.

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