Nordstrom, A&F, AllSaints Ready to Move into Vancouver’s Revamped Pacific Centre

A rendering of the new Nordstrom store in Vancouver

A rendering of the new Nordstrom store in Vancouver

The ugly marshmallow palace in downtown Vancouver that was the old Sears building is ancient history. The dingy off-white facade has been replaced by gleaming glass and steel and the interior completely redone. Now it’s time for Vancouver’s retail renaissance to kick into high gear.

After years of renovation, the Pacific Centre expansion on Granville Street is finally ready to take in new tenants. High-end department store Nordstrom, which will anchor the new facility with a 230,000-square-foot space, is set to open its doors on Sept. 18. Meanwhile, a host of chic chain stores will move in this summer and get the retail party started.

From across the pond, U.K. retailer AllSaints is scheduled to open a 2,200-square-foot store on June 17. Known for its “rock-and-roll chic” aesthetic, AllSaints is strongly associated with the music industry, featuring trendy apparel with lots of leather. Later in the summer, U.S.-based clothing store Abercrombie & Fitch will brings its line of casual wear to Pacific Centre. The 4,000-square-foot location will be the first A&F in Vancouver since an outlet in the Oakridge mall closed in the early 1990s.  

A rendering of the space below the new Nordstrom store, to be occupied by tenants including AllSaints and Abercrombie & Fitch

A rendering of the space below the new Nordstrom store, to be occupied by tenants including AllSaints and Abercrombie & Fitch

Other retailers set to move into the new Pacific Centre space include BOSS, Kate Spade, Weekend Max Mara, PANDORA and Ted Baker London, according to the Vancouver Sun.

Not to be outdone, existing Pacific Centre tenant Holt Renfrew is embarking on an ambitious expansion of its own, set to be completed by the end of 2016. The high-end store aims to expand into the adjacent Sport Chek location on Howe Street, adding an extra 40,000 square feet to bring its total footprint to 190,000 square feet. Planned improvements include tripling the footwear and leather goods departments, as well as increasing the size of the jewelry section by 50 percent and expanding the menswear department. The store is also adding an 80-seat restaurant overlooking Howe Street.

Photo credit: anjuliruth | Wikipedia

Photo credit: anjuliruth | Wikipedia

In addition, Holt Renfrew will be pulling out all the stops for a unique personal shopping experience. The “Apartment” shopping concept will feature a private 1,000-square-foot apartment for use by select invitation-only customers. Shoppers can relax with friends and watch models try on apparel, freshen up with a shower or even host a dinner party on premises.

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