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Retail Profile: CF Richmond Centre near Vancouver (March 2021)

Retail Insider continues its Photo Tour series of Canadian malls to provide a glimpse into shopping centres which may be less frequented lately due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This edition takes us to CF Richmond Centre in the city of Richmond, British Columbia, which also is home to Vancouver International Airport.

The shopping centre is managed by Cadillac Fairview and currently has 165 retail stores with their main retail anchors being Hudson’s Bay, H&M, and Sport Chek.

Google Map of CF Richmond Centre Location

History of CF Richmond Centre

CF Richmond Centre was built in 1980 when land was plentiful in Richmond and was originally named “Richmond Square Shopping Centre”. The Hudson’s Bay Company built its own building nearby and both shopping centres operated independently for almost ten years. In 1989, the two shopping centres combined and the end result resembles the present-day CF Richmond Centre.

In the 1990s, Richmond Centre competed with the nearby Lansdowne Centre which for a time was considered by many to be the ‘better’ of the two malls. Richmond Centre was anchored by Hudson’s Bay and Sears while Lansdowne’s anchors included Eaton’s and Woodward’s. Over the years Richmond Centre gained prominence through investment and new tenants while Lansdowne Centre began a slow decline which included losing both anchor stores. Several years ago plans were put in place to demolish Lansdowne Centre for redevelopment.

CF Richmond Centre has undergone the typical updating and renovations over the years, and in 2018 Cadillac Fairview and SHAPE announced a partnership to transform CF Richmond Centre into a 27-acre mixed-use, master-planned community. As of 2021, the presentation centre is currently open to the public.

LIVE at CF Richmond Centre (Presentation Centre). Photo: Geetanjali Sharma

CF Richmond Centre in Present Day

CF Richmond Centre is highly accessible by planes, trains, and automobiles. International travellers can easily access the shopping centre from the Vancouver International Airport using the Translink Skytrain system. The “Richmond-Brighouse” Skytrain station was opened in 2009 along with the rest of the Canada Line in advance of the 2010 Winter Olympics. For the automobile-inclined, the centre has 3,201 parking spaces according to Cadillac Fairview’s leasing plan and is located at the major intersections of No. 3 road and Westminster Highway.

Main Entrance Sign at CF Richmond Centre.
Main Entrance Sign at CF Richmond Centre. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma
Mall Map of CF Richmond Centre. Photo: Cadillac Fairview

At a glance, the overall centre is a one-level retail playground. Its footprint is loosely in the shape of a rectangle and is bisected by a galleria running down the middle of the centre from exit 2 (the main entrance with the Cactus Club Cafe and White Spot Restaurants) to exit 5 (by APM Monaco and UNIQLO which also is next to the escalators to the upper Dining Terrace food court).

Descending from the Dining Terrance on Level 2 to the Main Galleria at CF Richmond Centre.
Descending from the Dining Terrance on Level 2 to the Main Galleria at CF Richmond Centre. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma
Main Galleria with Chinese New Year Decorations at CF Richmond Centre. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma

Breaking Up CF Richmond Centre

As previously mentioned, the roughly rectangular shopping centre has the centre galleria (highlighted in red below) almost precisely down the middle. For the purpose of this retail photo tour, we will be proceeding through the centre in the following five colour-encircled ‘tour zones’.

Tour Zones on Mall Map of CF Richmond Centre.
Tour Zones on Mall Map of CF Richmond Centre. Photo: Cadillac Fairview. Overlay: Retail Insider

The tour zones include the following (with the corresponding colour coding):

  • Galleria Centre Zone (Red)
  • Lower Right Zone (Green)
  • Upper Right Zone (Yellow)
  • Upper Left Zone (Blue)
  • Lower Left Zone (Purple)

Galleria Centre Tour Zone (Red)

Centre Tour Zone on Mall Map of CF Richmond Centre
Centre Tour Zone on Mall Map of CF Richmond Centre. Photo: Cadillac Fairview. Overlay: Retail Insider

CF Richmond Centre’s centre galleria is the heart of the popular mall. Richmond City Council recognized the importance of the galleria as a connection point when it cited benefits of the Cadillac Fairview and SHAPE recent redevelopment plans. These benefits included improved public foot traffic through the galleria to allow better access between No. 3 Road and Minoru Boulevard during transit hours.

Uniqlo in Centre Galleria  at CF Richmond Centre.
Uniqlo in Centre Galleria at CF Richmond Centre. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma

The largest retail tenant is the Uniqlo store which opened in April 2018 and was the third to open in the Vancouver-area. It is the smallest Uniqlo in the province, sitting at 11,567 square feet according to the mall’s lease plan. Uniqlo’s Metropolis at Metrotown store, which opened in October 2017, is the largest in BC at 20,630 square feet. The second largest was Guildford Town Centre in Surrey at 12,800 square feet, which opened in March 2018.

Uniqlo at CF Richmond Centre
Uniqlo at CF Richmond Centre. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma

The Uniqlo store faces numerous new retailers that have opened recently, including:

APM Monaco at CF Richmond Centre
APM Monaco at CF Richmond Centre. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma
Clinque at CF Richmond Centre
Clinque at CF Richmond Centre. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma
Colton's Couture at CF Richmond Centre
Colton’s Couture at CF Richmond Centre. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma

Other select retailers in the centre galleria include Michael Hill Jewellery, Swarovski, Blue Ruby, MAC Cosmetics, Peoples Jewellery, Siba Jewellers, Just Cozy, and The Body Shop.

Richmond Centre Galleria between Just Cozy and Peoples Jewelers by Guest Services
Richmond Centre Galleria between Just Cozy and Peoples Jewelers by Guest Services. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma

Lower Right Tour Zone (Green)

Lower Right Tour Zone on Mall Map of CF Richmond Centre
Lower Right Tour Zone on Mall Map of CF Richmond Centre. Photo: Cadillac Fairview. Overlay: Retail Insider

Visitors arriving from the Canada Line Skytrain through entrance 2 can enter the “Lower Right Tour Zone” corridor if they make an immediate right at the Swarovski retail store. This smaller retail area is home to the major anchor retail tenants of H&M (25,402 square feet) and Shoppers Drug Mart (17,904 square feet).

Richmond Centre atrium between The Face Shop and H&M.
Richmond Centre atrium between The Face Shop and H&M. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma
H&M at CF Richmond Centre
H&M at CF Richmond Centre. Photo: Ritchie Po
Shoppers Drug Mart at CF Richmond Centre.
Shoppers Drug Mart at CF Richmond Centre. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma

The large frontage of the Uniqlo store results in facing numerous neighboring new retailers which opened recently including:

Richmond Centre corridor between Peoples Jewelers and Lao Feng Xiang Jewelry.
Richmond Centre corridor between Peoples Jewelers and Lao Feng Xiang Jewelry. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma
Facade of Lao Feng Xiang at CF Richmond Centre. Photo: Ritchie Po
The history of Whoo at CF Richmond Centre
The history of Whoo at CF Richmond Centre. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma
Change Lingerie at CF Richmond Centre
Change Lingerie at CF Richmond Centre. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma

Other retailers in the ‘Lower Right’ tour area include The Face Shop, Lids, J2, Venus Home Furnishings, Soft Moc, La Vie en Rose, Hallmark Gold Crown, Claire’s Boutique, BonLook, and Bluenotes.

Richmond Centre corridor between H&M and la Vie en Rose.
Richmond Centre corridor between H&M and la Vie en Rose. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma

Upper Right Tour Zone (Yellow)

Upper Right Tour Zone on Mall Map of CF Richmond Centre
Upper Right Tour Zone on Mall Map of CF Richmond Centre. Photo: Cadillac Fairview. Overlay: Retail Insider

Two retail anchors dominate the square footage in the ‘upper right’ tour zone: Zara (19,142 square feet) and Hudson’s Bay (169,692 square feet). The Zara store boasts an expansive frontage onto the mall. The Hudson’s Bay store is considered to be one of the “better” locations for the company in the Vancouver area given its brand offerings and interiors.

Zara at CF Richmond Centre.
Zara at CF Richmond Centre. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma
Richmond Centre corridor between Lukfook Jewelry and Zara
Richmond Centre corridor between Lukfook Jewelry and Zara. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma
Hudson's Bay at CF Richmond Centre
Hudson’s Bay at CF Richmond Centre. Photo: Ritchie Po

In addition to HBC and Zara, other select retailers which we have reported on in Retail Insider include:

BOSS at CF Richmond Centre.
BOSS at CF Richmond Centre. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma
Le Creuset at CF Richmond Centre
Le Creuset at CF Richmond Centre. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma

Unfortunately, Belgian chocolate brand Godiva has announced that it would shut its 11 standalone Canadian storefronts by the end of March 2021. This location did not escape the closures as the retailer maintains its wholesale distribution which includes several shop-in-shops in retailers such as Hudson’s Bay as well as distribution in specialty, food, and pharmacy retailers.

Closed Godiva Chocolate store at CF Richmond Centre
Closed Godiva Chocolate store at CF Richmond Centre. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma
Richmond Centre corridor between Romia Shoes and Purdys Chocolatiers
Richmond Centre corridor between Romia Shoes and Purdys Chocolatiers. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma

Other retailers in the ‘upper right’ tour area include Journeys, Top Shop, Sleep County Canada, JAC by Jaqueline Conoir, Oak + Fort, Dynamite, Bikini Village, August Reign Shop, Lukfook Jewelry, Laura, Le Chateau, Yedina, After Five Fashion, Romia Shoes, and Purdys Chocolatier.

Wayfinding Sign at CF Richmond Centre at Laura and Le Chateau.
Wayfinding Sign at CF Richmond Centre at Laura and Le Chateau. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma
Richmond Centre corridor between Bikini Village and JAC by Jacqueline Conoir.
Richmond Centre corridor between Bikini Village and JAC by Jacqueline Conoir. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma
Richmond Centre corridor between Laura and Roma Shoes with Mr. Pretzels in between
Richmond Centre corridor between Laura and Roma Shoes with Mr. Pretzels in between. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma

Upper Left Tour Zone (Blue)

Upper Left Tour Zone on Mall Map of CF Richmond Centre
Upper Left Tour Zone on Mall Map of CF Richmond Centre. Photo: Cadillac Fairview. Overlay: Retail Insider

When mall patrons enter the shopping centre from Minoru Boulevard through entrance 5, an immediate right turn around the APM Monaco (which we previously mentioned as part of the center galleria zone) brings them to the “upper left” tour zone. This stretch of retailers is anchored by Old Navy (20,126 square feet) and Sport Chek (45,494 square feet).

Sport Check at CF Richmond Centre.
Sport Chek at CF Richmond Centre. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma
Old Navy at CF Richmond Centre.
Old Navy at CF Richmond Centre. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma

In addition to Sport Chek and Old Navy, Retail Insider reported on the opening of Scotch & Soda. The Amsterdam-based fashion brand opened its fourth Canadian store in April 2016 in partnership with Montreal-based Freemark Apparel Brands spanning 1,499 square feet.

Scotch & Soda at CF Richmond Centre
Scotch & Soda at CF Richmond Centre. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma

Scotch & Soda is in good company with upscale retailers Kate Spade and Michael Kors nearby.

Other select retailers in the upper left tour area include INS Market, Sunglass Hut, Stay Fresh, Lego, Will Harry, Footlocker, QE Home, Hot Topic, American Eagle Outfitters, Champs Sports, Ardene, The Source, Roots Canada, Token, CNKW Handbags, Gladstone Jewellers, GNC (General Nutrition Centre), BB.GG Fashion, EB Games, Indigo, Vans, Sephora, Bailey Nelson, and Browns Shoes.

Lower Left Tour Zone (Purple)

Lower Left Tour Zone on Mall Map of CF Richmond Centre.
Lower Left Tour Zone on Mall Map of CF Richmond Centre. Photo: Cadillac Fairview. Overlay: Retail Insider

The final retail tour zone is accessed from No. 3 Road as well as the Canada Line Skytrain system. The main entrance (number 2) brings patrons into the galleria and an immediate left turn would bring them into this retail area. The main retail anchor was once Sears Canada, the “lower left” retail zone still has several well-known brands including Apple (5,978 square feet), Urban Behavior (15,003 square feet and was previously a Forever 21 store), and Aritzia (7,449 square feet).

Richmond Centre corridor by Pandora and Apple.
Richmond Centre corridor by Pandora and Apple. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma
Urban Behavior at CF Richmond Centre.
Urban Behavior at CF Richmond Centre. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma
Apple at CF Richmond Centre.
Apple at CF Richmond Centre. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma
Aritzia at CF Richmond Centre.
Aritzia at CF Richmond Centre. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma

In addition to the above brands, other notable retailers which we have reported on in Retail Insider include:

MUJI at CF Richmond Centre.
MUJI at CF Richmond Centre. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma
ECCO Shoes at CF Richmond Centre.
ECCO Shoes at CF Richmond Centre. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma

Other select retailers in the lower left tour area include Ann-Louise Jewellers, Pandora, Nike Store, Saje Natural Wellness, Gymboree, Plenty, Steve Madden, MonteCristo Jewellers (replacing a recently shuttered location at Oakridge Centre), Aldo Shoes, Sketchers, Little Burgundy, Lululemon, Kiehl’s, Showcase, Zensanhuan Handcrafted Pans, and Buck or Two.

Richmond Centre corridor by Sketchers and Aldo Shoes.
Richmond Centre corridor by Sketchers and Aldo Shoes. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma
Richmond Centre corridor by Steve Madden Shoes
Richmond Centre corridor by Steve Madden Shoes. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma

CF Richmond Centre Dining Terrace

While the shopping centre is predominantly only one level, there are escalators by Uniqlo in the central galleria that lead up to a second level. The architecturally attractive dining terrace is located on this level as well as entrances from the second level parking.

Stairs/Escalators from Galleria (by Uniqlo) to the Dining Terrace at Richmond Centre.
Stairs/Escalators from Galleria (by Uniqlo) to the Dining Terrace at Richmond Centre. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma
Dining Terrace signage from escalator at Richmond Centre
Dining Terrace signage from escalator at Richmond Centre. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma
Dining Terrace at Richmond Centre.
Dining Terrace at Richmond Centre. Photo: Geetanjali Sharma

We had a very interesting photo walk around CF Richmond Centre, and we hope you enjoyed coming along with us. Don’t forget to check out our other retail photo tours over the past few months. Thank you for taking this tour with us, and thank you Geetanjali Sharma for taking photos for this article.

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Article Author

Lee Rivett
Lee Rivetthttps://retail-insider.com
Lee Rivett, based in Vancouver, supports the digital distribution and technical backend operations of Retail Insider. This includes providing technical support for the editors during the digital publication cycle, streamlining virtual tools for the cross-country team and a variety of other duties which keeps the publication running smoothly.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I believe Richmond Centre was built much earlier than 1980. The 1960’s era building housing The Bay is even older. I recall being in the mall section in the mid-late 70s. The mall interior was adorned in shiny brownish-orange tiles. I remember exiting to the south and walking across a parking lot through the old Sears store to Richmond Square, the other mall. I don’t feel you adequately described the history of each separate mall, built at different times, then connected. The old Sears was demolished then a new one built at the present southern end of today’s mall. This resulted in the present day mall’s odd layout and the ramps as the two mall were at slightly different levels. In the 70’s people referred to Richmond Square portion as ‘Brighouse’.

  2. Interesting that Canada still has its Topshop/Topman stores. I wonder if these stores in Canada would be the only stores left now that their operations have shut down everywhere else in the world. I know ASOS, Topshop’s new owner, is working on partnerships with Nordstrom in the US to expand the Topshop and possibly the ASOS brands. Wonder if they will strike a similar partnership with Hudson’s Bay. Hope Hudson’s Bay doesn’t lose Topshop here in Canada.

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