Holt Renfrew has revealed new details and renderings for its CF Pacific Centre store in Vancouver. The store is being expanded by about 40,000 square feet, and will be completed in a series of phases over the next 12 months. Retail Insider Vancouver correspondent Helen Siwak attended the small press conference to get details on the store, which will feature an expanded assortment of luxury brands and amenities.
The existing 147,000 square foot Janson Goldstein-designed Pacific Centre Holt Renfrew originally opened in 2007, and it is being enlarged to almost 188,000 square feet by annexing adjacent space formerly occupied by a sports retailer. Many departments will be expanded, with about 80% of the existing store to be renovated. Approximately 80 new positions will be added as a result of the expansion. The store’s women’s leather goods and footwear departments will triple in size, while jewellery will expand by about 50%. The store will feature a new Beauty Lab, Nail Bar and Style Studio in its expanded ground-floor beauty hall.
A new Chanel flagship concession is currently under construction on the store’s ground floor. Other luxury shop-in-store concessions set to relocate and expand include Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., David Yurman, Gucci, Prada, Christian Dior, Tom Ford and Fendi. The new Fendi boutique will replace Chanel on the store’s third floor with a concession that will feature women’s ready-to-wear and furs.
The new Holt Renfrew Men store will also open this summer, and will draw inspiration from the freestanding Holt Renfrew Men location at 100 Bloor Street West in Toronto (which opened in the fall of 2014). Vancouver’s Holt Renfrew Men will feature a Howe Street entrance, and will include over a dozen new brands such as Rick Owens, Loewe, Amiri, Off White, Dries Van Noten, Officine Generale, Lardini and Wooster+Lardini, Stone Island, and Berluti.
The new Holts Café, designed by Toronto-based Yabu Pushelberg, will open in the summer. The 80 seat restaurant will feature fine dining, a bar and private dining room, with a West Coast-inspired décor and menu. Approximately 40 new positions will be added with the opening of Holts Café.
This year and into 2017, Holt’s will add a master tailor, shoeshine and sneaker cleaning to the store, as well as a Leather Artisan, which offers bespoke embossing details on any leather accessory and offers full service repair. The store will also feature a Jewellery & Watch service under the guidance of a certified watchmaker. We recently reported on Holt’s new Mississauga Square One location which opens this summer, and will also feature several of these new amenities.
The Vancouver store will eventually feature an impressive 7,000 square feet of personal shopping over two levels, including an expanded fourth floor Personal Shopping Area as well as two suites within Holt Renfrew Men. The ‘Apartment’ private shopping experience will be included in the Vancouver store, as well as a 4th floor patio overlooking Granville and Dunsmuir Streets.