L’Occitane to replace Bebe on Vancouver’s Robson Street

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Many people have asked us who will replace Bebe at 1000 Robson Street in Vancouver. Occupying the southwest corner of Robson and Burrard Streets, Bebe’s former space is one Canada’s most prominent retail locations. L’Occitane en Provence will soon occupy part of the space, which is a jump in size from its currently cramped Burrard Street location.

L’Occitane was Founded in Manosque, France, in 1976. It retails body, face and home products in its roughly 2,000 shops in over 100 countries worldwide. It has 29 free-standing Canadian stores spanning the country, from Victoria to Halifax. 

The entire 1000 Robson Street building includes 4,000 square feet on its ground floor, as well as a 1,000 square foot mezzanine. L’Occitane will occupy only part of the 5,000 square foot space. We’ll update you shortly with further details. 

L'Occitane's current location at 101-755 Burrard Street store is substantially smaller than its new location. Photo: Craig PattersonL'Occitane's current location at 101-755 Burrard Street store is substantially smaller than its new location. Photo: Craig Patterson

L’Occitane’s current location at 101-755 Burrard Street store is substantially smaller than its new location. Photo: Craig Patterson

L’Occitane vacates its smaller space at 101-755 Burrard Street, only a few paces north of its new store. The new L’Occitane will share the Robson and Burrard intersection with other prominent flagship retailers. Roots Canada, occupying the intersection’s northwest corner, is about to embark on a renovation and expansion of its 4,000 square foot flagship. Lululemon’s Robson Street flagship is currently under construction on the intersection’s southeast corner, and the world’s second-largest Victoria’s Secret store dominates the intersection’s northeast corner. 

L’Occitane’s new retail space has an interesting history: before selling for a record-setting price in 1999, 1000 Robson Street was home to a Toronto Dominion Bank.  As a nod to its past, TD bank machines continue to operate along the Burrard Street side of the building. In the late 1990’s, the sale of 1000 Robson Street was considered record-breaking, exceeding $1,000 per square foot. Nowadays, that sale price would be a bargain. Robson Street’s rents are among the highest in Canada, sometimes exceeding $200 per square foot per year. Only Toronto’s Bloor Street commands higher rents. 

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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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