Attention Shoppers: List of New Luxury Malls and Stores Opening in Vancouver

Plans for the new Simons store in Park Royal Mall.

Plans for the new Simons store in Park Royal Mall.

It’s a great time to be a shopper in Vancouver.  Retailers from around the world are scheduled to open new flagships stores in the city in the coming months and years.  New malls are under construction and old ones are under renovation.

Here’s a quick look at some of the upcoming changes in Vancouver’s retail landscape:

Park Royal Mall RedevelopmentThe venerable North Shore mall is in the midst of a $150-million improvement and expansion project that will add an additional 300,000 square feet of retail space.  New tenants like Anthropologie and Zara will soon be joined by Vancouver’s first La Maison Simons.  The Quebec-based specialty fashion retailer is slated to open a 100,000-square-foot store in 2015.  

A McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Centre, like this one in Athens, Greece, is coming to Vancouver. Photo credit: Tilemahos Efthimiadis | Flickr

A McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Centre, like this one in Athens, Greece, is coming to Vancouver. Photo credit: Tilemahos Efthimiadis | Flickr

McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Vancouver AirportBy next spring, Vancouver will have its very own 80-unit outlet mall.  Conveniently situated next to the airport, at the Templeton SkyTrain Station in Richmond, the high-end mall will feature brands including Prada, Armani and Burberry.

Plans for the Oakridge expansion. Image: City of Vancouver/Ivanhoe Cambridge/Westbank

Plans for the Oakridge expansion. Image: City of Vancouver/Ivanhoe Cambridge/Westbank

Oakridge Centre RedevelopmentThe 1959 mall on the Cambie Street corridor is readying for a massive $1.5-billion expansion, with the first phase set to be completed in 2019.  Plans call for a total of 1.4-million square feet of retail space, along with 2.7-million square feet of neighbouring residential space in multiple towers up to 44 storeys high. Existing anchor tenant Hudson’s Bay will be joined by a Target store and another unnamed anchor tenant.

Preliminary plans for Nordstrom in Vancouver.

Preliminary plans for Nordstrom in Vancouver.

NordstromRenovations of downtown’s old Sears store on Granville Street are moving along briskly. Luxury fashion retailer Nordstrom is planning to open the doors on its new 230,000-square foot store on September 18, 2015.

Photo credit: SterkeBak | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: SterkeBak | Wikimedia Commons

Saks Fifth AvenueSaks, now owned by the Hudson’s Bay Co., had initially planned to open its first Vancouver store in late 2014.  But plans now call for the unveiling of its first two Canadian stores in Toronto in 2015.  No word yet on exactly when or where Saks might pop up in Vancouver.

Photo credit: Markus Bernet | Wikipedia

Photo credit: Markus Bernet | Wikipedia

Versace Home: Canada’s first Versace Home flagship store – carrying furniture as well as fixtures, wallpaper and textiles – is scheduled to open in Gastown some time this fall.  The 2,000-square-foot store will be located at 310 West Cordova St.

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