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 The dingy off-white facade has been replaced by gleaming glass and steel and the interior completely redone.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.   Continue reading:
Nordstrom, A&F, AllSaints Ready to Move into Vancouver’s Revamped Pacific Centre

New and Improved Vancouver Aquarium Opens its Doors

An artist's conception of the new Vancouver Aquarium

An artist’s conception of the new Vancouver Aquarium

The largest aquarium in Canada just got a whole lot bigger.

On Friday, June 13, the newly expanded Vancouver Aquarium opens its doors to the public for the first time.  The opening marks the completion of the first, ambitious phase of an update slated to continue over the next several years.  The addition nearly doubles the aquarium’s gallery space and includes a number of high-tech upgrades.

The first thing visitors will notice is the dramatic new entryway (along with Bill Reid’s iconic orca statue, now back after two years in storage).  The facade’s new iridescent cladding changes colour from blue to green, much like the scales of a fish.  In addition, the entrance features 2.4-square-meter LED video displays glowing behind a film of tumbling water.

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New and Improved Vancouver Aquarium Opens its Doors

Shorter Beer Lines at Canucks Game? Rogers Arena Set to Expand

Photo credit: RickChung.com | Flickr

Photo credit: RickChung.com | Flickr

With the start of hockey season still a few months away, Canucks fans already have something to cheer about.

Rogers Arena, notorious as one of the “coziest” arenas in the NHL, is about to get a little more elbow room.

Opened in 1995, Rogers was designed to fit between the existing Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts in downtown Vancouver.  As a result, the stadium has a relatively small footprint.  This creates great intimacy inside the 18,630-seat arena. (There’s hardly a bad seat in the house.)  But it also means that the concourse and concession areas are often jam-packed during intermission.

But the intermission rush hour and mile-long washroom lines may be a thing of the past by the 2014-2015 season. Continue reading:
Shorter Beer Lines at Canucks Game? Rogers Arena Set to Expand