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Women’s Fashion Retailer ‘Blubird’ Shutting Down Operations Including Vancouver Store

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Upscale Vancouver-based multi-brand womenswear retailer Blubird is shutting down operations this month after a 13 year run. The retailer once operated two stores in the city with an assortment of contemporary-priced brands, and is owned by Vestis Fashion Group

Blubird’s first storefront opened at 1055 Alberni Street in August of 2008 where it operated for ten years before being replaced by luxury brands Montblanc/Vacheron Constantin. Blubird relocated to a 2,200 square foot space formerly occupied by Strellson in 2018 and that location will shutter July 29. 

The retailer also had a store at Vancouver’s Oakridge Centre for several years. Oakridge has shut until 2024 for an overhaul

Vestis Fashion Group also owns licensed Max Mara boutiques in Vancouver at 3025 Granville Street, CF Pacific Centre and a concession within the city’s Holt Renfrew store. Vestis also operates two Weekend by Max Mara stores at CF Pacific Centre in Vancouver and Metropolis at Metrotown in Burnaby as well as an outlet store at the McArtherGlen Designer outlets. In years past, Vestis Fashion Group also had Max Mara and Weekend stores at Oakridge Centre in Vancouver as well as Canada’s only Pomellato store that operated for several years at CF Pacific Centre.

Photo credit: CE Miles Construction Ltd.

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Craig Patterson
Located in Toronto, Craig is the Editor-in-Chief of Retail Insider and President/CEO of Retail Insider Media Ltd. He is also a retail analyst and consultant, Director of Applied Research at the University of Alberta School of Retailing in Edmonton, and consultant to the Retail Council of Canada. He has studied the Canadian retail landscape for over 25 years and he holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws Degrees.

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