Holt Renfrew Opens Vancouver Flagship Expansion

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Holt Renfrew has opened part of its expanded CF Pacific Centre Vancouver store, which includes an expanded menswear area with its own street-front entrance, as well as a new area for several luxury boutiques. An 80-seat Holt’s Café will open at the end of the week, with more departments and amenities to open in 2017. The 40,000 square foot expansion brings the Vancouver store to about 187,700 square feet in size. 

The store’s ground floor has been expanded by more than 20,000 square feet, featuring relocated larger boutiques for brands Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., and David Yurman. The Louis Vuitton boutique measures about 2,000 square feet. 

The expanded lower-level men’s store features an exterior entrance from Howe Street. A Christian Louboutin men’s footwear concession is now open, and Tom Ford and Berluti Boutiques will open shortly. Designer collections include brands such as Thom Browne, Alexander McQueen and Dries van Noten, as well as new brands such as Amiri, Officine Générale, Lardini and Wooster/Lardini. Services include two personal shopping suites for men, and a master tailor shop, shoe shine and sneaker cleaning service, and made to measure.

The 40,000 square foot expansion was designed by New York-based architect firm Janson Goldstein, which also designed the original 2007 CF Pacific Centre flagship. Expansion design details include abundant natural light from the Howe Street façade and a custom mosaic tile floor anchoring an atrium. Grey stone tile is used on columns and floors set against custom shelving fixtures in grey stained white oak and blackened stainless steel. The footwear area features a hand knotted custom carpet and is accented with polished stainless steel chairs luxuriously upholstered in deep blue leather (as well as the Christian Louboutin boutique). 

In 2017, Holt’s will add a 7,000 square foot multi-level personal shopping area that will include the by-invite-only ‘The Apartment’ shopping suite. Women’s footwear will triple in size, and expansions will also be revealed for jewellery, leather goods and an expanded beauty hall.

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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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