Mountain Equipment Company (MEC), a Canadian outdoor retailer, plans to expand its footprint with the opening in August of a standalone store in the Maritimes. The location will be at The Mapleton Centre, Moncton, and it will offer a wide selection of top outdoor brands as well as its in-house MEC label products. The Moncton store will be MEC’s second location in the Maritimes, joining Halifax, and its 22nd standalone store across Canada. It allows MEC to continue with its mission to make quality outdoor gear, expertise and experiences accessible to people across Canada.
“Moncton is a hub city in the Maritimes with an abundance of local and provincial wild spaces, ideal for camping, hiking, climbing, biking, paddling and cross-country skiing, and we are looking forward to helping new customers and members gear up for their outdoor adventures,” said Peter Hlynsky, chief operations officer, MEC.
The 17,000 square feet front retail space will provide premium MEC experience and expertise well known to customers and members and the additional 6,000 square feet backstock will accommodate the future addition of a substantial rental fleet assortment, as well as a bike shop.
Monctonians can expect to see top-name outdoor brands carried by the retailer, including Patagonia and The North Face as well as the company’s own MEC label brand of products. All purchases are backed by MEC’s Rocksolid Guarantee.
As with all MEC stores it will be staffed with local outdoor experts who have firsthand knowledge and advice on all things camping, hiking, travel and more. The retailer is recruiting for a variety of positions at the new store including a dynamic and experienced general manager, to lead the expedition into Moncton.
MEC is more than a store and a job. Staffers share their passion for the outdoors and MEC supports their passion through training and product knowledge, free gear rentals, pro deals, discounts and opportunities to spend time with peers on field experience trips, learning new activities and living the values and purpose of the company by being active outside.
MEC also is committed to supporting the communities it serves and will work closely with local organizations and initiatives in Moncton to promote the accessibility of outdoor recreation and environmental sustainability.