International retailer Sunglass Hut, owned by Italian-based Luxottica Group, will be relocating within CF Pacific Centre in downtown Vancouver.
The retailer is currently in a 463 square foot location on the lower level between Vancouver-based Blue Ruby jewelers and Canadian retailer Club Monaco.
The new and more prominent location is currently under construction on the upper level and will span 1,139 square feet. The boutique will be next to the rumored new Apple Store under construction and the existing streetwear retailer PLUS.
Nearby Sunglass Hut’s new location is US-based electric car brand Lucid Motors which opened in 2021, an upscale jeweller APM Monaco location which opened in 2021, and women’s fashion retailer Artizia.
Sunglass Hut was founded in 1971 by optometrist Sanford L. Ziff in Miami, Florida and continued to grow until 1986 when investment firm Kidd, Kamm & Co. purchased a 75% stake in the company and the remaining stake in 1991.
In the mid-90s, the company went onto the New York stock exchange and expanded into selling watches under the retail banners of Watch Station, Watch World, and as combined Sunglass Hut-Watch Station stores.
In February 2001, the Luxottica Group acquired Sunglass Hut and associated watch retail chains.
Sunglass Hut has boutiques in Hudson’s Bay and Cabela’s retail locations and operates ten standalone retail locations in the greater Vancouver area at:
- CF Pacific Centre
- Robson Street (Downtown Vancouver)
- Park Royal Shopping Centre (West Vancouver)
- McArthur Glen Designer Outlet (Richmond)
- Metropolis at Metrotown (Burnaby)
- CF Richmond Centre
- Coquitlam Centre
- Tsawwassen Mills
- Willowbrook Shopping Centre (Langley)
- Seven Oaks Mall (Abbotsford)