A spate of new stores have opened their doors in Vancouver and Klondike Contracting is pleased to reveal that several of them have been built by Klondike. Our work for our client De Beers Canada (canada.debeersgroup.com) on the Louis Vuitton (www.louisvuitton.com) owned Swiss luxury timepiece brand Hublot (www.hublot.com/en/boutique/canada) has resulted in Hublot’s first Canadian boutique store, located at 1080 Alberni Street. Recently featured in Concierge Vancouver magazine (issuu.com/iconicconciergemagazine/docs/summer2017) this two-level store houses an extensive range of gorgeous timepieces, including several limited edition models that are made of colored Texalium carbon fibre and scratch resistant Magic Gold. You may have seen Hublot in the news recently; they collaborated with Ferrari to produce the haute timepiece Techframe Ferrari Chronograph, to celebrate the heritage of this legendary car marque. Klondike Contracting has also recently completed other retail projects – one of which is the Gucci store (www.gucci.com) within the ambitious Holt Renfrew Vancouver (www.holtrenfrew.com) overhaul at 737 Dunsmuir Street and a Vancouver location of the US-based Nestle Toll House Cafe (nestlecafe.com) in the Manulife Building at 980 Howe Street. We’ll be updating our blog soon with an in-depth look at these projects!
In the fall, our fair city will be welcoming Parq Vancouver (parqvancouver.com), an ambitious new project that includes a new casino, two luxury hotels (JW Marriott and The Douglas by Marriott), eight restaurants, a conference space and a 30,000 SF outdoor urban park, located next to BC Place. The high-end dining restaurants will include an Asian food hall, a cocktail bar as well as an indoor/outdoor sky lounge on the 6th floor of The Douglas hotel tower. This development by Las Vegas-based Paragon will feature a casino that embraces a West Coast aesthetic (with an emphasis on natural lights and a focus on healthy cuisine) and is already being billed as ‘North America’s Most Fun Business Hotel’ with a reported 16,000 room nights already sold. As the largest private development in Western Canada, Parq Vancouver is shaping up to be a significant addition to our metropolis.
Earlier this month, Lululemon (shop.lululemon.com) re-opened its very first Vancouver store, unveiling to the masses a new expansion space with a total floor area of 6,300 SF. The original store space is where you’ll find the men’s section and the expanded floor area houses the women’s section. Both of these sections will eventually merge into on accessible space. In commemoration with the company’s founding, a collection of old photos, past event posters and a brass plaque grace the walls of this new retail space.
Arc’teryx’s (arcteryx.com) largest Canada location is now at 813 Burrard Street. Their new 3,200 SF store was completely overhauled – recent visits reveal a space that has been designed with contemporary finishings and a wood ceiling that take its inspiration from the North Shore mountains and the Stawamus Chief. Customers will find a wide range of products from this North Vancouver-based outdoor clothing brand, including backpacks, footwear, hiking equipment and mountain apparel.
Not to be outdone, Tiffany & Co. (www.tiffany.ca) also unveiled their expanded Vancouver flagship store earlier this summer – tripling its retail space to an impressive 9,762 SF. At a size that is on par with Toronto’s Tiffany flagship, the store features a granite façade inspired by New York City, a new curved exterior, soaring double-height ceilings amd hand-leafed and hand-forged Tiffany Magnolia chandeliers. Customers will be able to view a wide range of exquisite jewelry amidst a backdrop of marble, walnut paneling, upholstery and velvet drapery.
Make sure to check our blog in the coming weeks for more Vancouver news!