Arc’teryx Expands Chicago Presence with New Oakbrook Center Opening
April 20, 2023
The Canadian outdoor brand's newest store opening reflects deep investment in the greater Chicagoland community, tripling its retail footprint in the market since 2021
20 APRIL 2022 /OUTDOOR SPORTSWIRE/ | This week Arc’teryx, the Canadian high-performance mountain gear and apparel brand, expanded to a third store in the Chicago area with the opening of Arc’teryx Oakbrook Center. Located west of downtown Chicago, the new store occupies 4,788 square feet in the popular Oakbrook Center.
The Oakbrook Center location will offer the full breadth of Arc’teryx products, including mainline products for snow, climb and trail activities, in addition to an expanded footwear selection. The store will also feature the brand’s Veilance line, offering technical apparel for city environments.
Showcasing the brand’s commitment to a circular future, the new Oakbrook Center store will be home to Chicago’s first ReBIRD™ Service Center. Focusing on guest education and product care services, the 115 square foot ReBIRD™ Service Center will help guests to keep their gear performing at its best for years to come. Guests will also be able to access on-site light-touch repairs, including new zipper sliders, and taping of small holes. Product experts will conduct on-site product assessments and process larger-scale repairs through regional hubs.
“The new Chicago Oakbrook Center store underlines Arc’teryx’s commitment to Chicago’s outdoor community,” said Delaney Schweitzer, Chief Commercial Officer. “Our second North America store opening – and first ReBIRD Service Center – of 2023, this marks an important step on our journey to expand our retail fleet and to provide the highest possible level of service to our guests. Looking ahead, 2023 will see Arc’teryx store openings across North America, in both communities we know, as well as new communities we’re meeting for the first time. Through this commercial expansion, we’re excited to build community, share our love for the mountains, and connect with our guests face to face.”
Arc’teryx has been building its presence within the Chicago community since 2021, when it opened its first store in the city on Rush Street. Over the subsequent two years, the brand has opened an outlet in Bucktown, and garnered strong and sustained community growth through ongoing engagement, partnerships and events. The opening of the Oakbrook Center location comes shortly after a community circularity workshop in partnership with Columbia University, and one week before the brand’s biggest Chicago community event to date: ALL RISE Chicago. An experimental climbing program aimed at making climbing more accessible to marginalized communities, ALL RISE is working with Arc’teryx and Braindead to unite the community through an all-day climbing festival at local gym, Brooklyn Boulders.
“Arc’teryx exists to unite communities of mountain lovers, athletes and design enthusiasts across the globe,” said Stephanie Jamieson, Director of North America Community. “From our home in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, we’re driven to share our love of big days in the mountains, keeping our gear in play for as long as possible, and to embrace a wider “we” in the great outdoors. We’ve found a vibrant and engaged community in Arc’teryx, who share our passion for spending time outside and pushing boundaries with innovative products. We’re excited to expand our offerings of events and partnerships, connect with new ambassadors, learn from the Chicago community, and grow ever deeper roots in and around the city.”
Arc’teryx Oakbrook Center by numbers:
- 4,788 square foot store.
- 28th retail store in the US.
- Address: Unit 2228 – 100 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, IL.
- Grand opening date: Saturday 22 April 2023.
- 115 square foot ReBIRD™ Service Center offering product care, light-touch repairs, on-site product assessment and guest education.
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About Arc’teryx: Arc’teryx is a Canadian company based in the Coast Mountains. Our design process is connected to the real world, focused on delivering durable, unrivaled performance. Our products are distributed through more than 2,400 retail locations worldwide, including over 160 branded stores. We are problem solvers, always evolving and searching for a better way to deliver resolved, minimalist designs. Good design that matters makes lives better.