Amazon – Construction is slated to begin on Amazon’s new fulfillment centre, located on land leased from the Tsawwassen First Nation. This 450,000SF warehouse facility will serve the online retail market in Metro Vancouver and once open, it will be Amazon’s third fulfillment centre in the province. Located within the Delta iPort 57-acre industrial park, Amazon’s centre is a vital part of the park’s first phase and is expected to employ people in over 700 full-time positions.
MUJI – MUJI’s latest expansion into the Lower Mainland will be in Surrey as this Japanese clothing and household goods retailer has announced plans to build a new space over 2 levels in the Guildford Town Centre. Measuring at 15,800SF, this retail store will be the brand’s second largest store in Canada. Watch out for this Surrey store before 2019 is out!
Mailchimp – The US all-in-one Marketing Platform, Mailchimp, will be opening their first international office outside the States right here in Vancouver, in the Mount Pleasant neighbourhood. Back in February, Mailchimp, one of the most popular email marketing services, acquired Vancouver-based LemonStand and has been in the news recently when they announced their intent to expand into original content creation with plans to roll out series, films and podcasts this year.
Fujitsu – Japanese tech titan, Fujitsu, has officially their global international headquarters for artificial intelligence (AI) in Vancouver as of last week! Located at One Bentall Centre, their work in Vancouver centres around it’s quantum-inspired digital annealer, which combines the power and speed of quantum computing using everyday physical equipment. Following the wake of other technology multinationals like Microsoft, Amazon and SAP in their foray into Vancouver, Fujitsu chose Vancouver due to the supportive federal and provincial governments, a strong talent base in AI and quantum fields as well as a cost-competitive location that shares the same time zone as Silicon Valley.
The Butterfly – Construction has begun on Westbank’s latest development – The Butterfly – located at 1019 Nelson Street. In partnership with the adjacent historic First Baptist Church, this mixed-use development will feature a 556-ft-tall, 57-storey luxury residential tower, which will make it one of the tallest towers in Downtown Vancouver. The tower’s facade takes its inspiration from church pipe organs, made from curved glass and sculptural forms to create a pattern of ‘waving clouds’. This residential tower will also feature shared outdoor garden spaces on each level, a glass galleria integrating the tower podium and the 1911-built stone church building, and a long two-lane, glass-roofed swimming pool built into the third floor.