New High-End Stores Open in Vancouver’s Pacific Centre

A rendering of the new Nordstrom store in Vancouver

A rendering of the new Nordstrom store in Vancouver

Granville Street shopping just got a little bit glitzier in downtown Vancouver.

Eight new high-end stores have opened in the revamped Pacific Centre mall, near the space once occupied by Sears at Robson and Granville Streets. Shoppers looking for some luxe retail therapy can now pop into Hugo Boss, Kate Spade New York and UK retailers AllSaints and Ted Baker London, among other stores.

Of course, all this is just a prelude to when the big tenant moves into the new space. Nordstrom has set a September opening date for its new three-level department store in the revamped Sears building. The gala opening is part of a chain reaction in and around Vancouver, as high-end retailers set up shop to capitalize on wealthy overseas shoppers and Vancouverites looking for luxury products.  

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

Nearby, Holt Renfrew in the Pacific Centre mall is in the midst of an ambitious expansion, adding 40,000 square feet of space, including a new 80-seat restaurant and private shopping suite for use by exclusive clients. Meanwhile, designer staples Versace, Strellson and Brunello Cucinelli plan to open new stores on Alberni Street, a.k.a Vancouver’s mini Rodeo Drive.

Further afield, finishing touches are being put on the brand new McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Centre – an entire high-end outlet mall built near Vancouver’s airport. An official opening date of July 9 has just been announced for the new mall, which is set to feature well known brands like Coach, Armani and Polo Ralph Lauren.

Artist rendering of the outlet mall

Artist rendering of the outlet mall

For now, shoppers can busy themselves exploring the new offerings in Pacific Centre. In addition to Boss, Kate Spade, AllSaints and Ted Baker, the new space features Pandora, Tumi, B2 and Weekend MaxMara. Later in the year, additional tenants are slated to move in, including Abercrombie and Fitch, The Disney Store and Rockport.

In fact, for retailers Pacific Centre is currently considered the creme de la creme of Vancouver real estate. According to industry stats, the mall outsells every shopping centre in Canada on a square-foot basis. Annual sales are $1,498 per square foot, compared with $1,420 per square foot at Toronto’s Eaton Centre.

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