Jimmy Choo – The renowned upscale footwear brand, Jimmy Choo (row.jimmychoo.com), has just opened its first freestanding location in Vancouver’s well-known ‘Luxury Zone’. This luxe brand’s signature glamour is evident in in the space’s design aesthetics as well as their exclusive accessories collection. Spanning 1,549 square feet at one level, Jimmy Choo is another welcome addition to the collection of luxury boutiques and stores on this block and is a welcome sight for those shoppers who are on the lookout for new spring accessories!

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Jimmy Choo Vancouver (Source: Helen Siwak, Retail Insider)

Amazon offices – Retail giant Amazon recently announced that it will expand into a 416,000-square-foot skyscraper being built into a Canada Post plant, which was opened in 1958 and designated as an historic site by Heritage Vancouver. Amazon’s decision will create 3,000 new jobs in Vancouver and make significant inroads towards Vancouver’s push to become a high-tech hub.

601 West Hastings – Construction has begun on a new 25-storey office tower at the northwest corner of the West Hastings Street and Seymour Street. This project, helmed by PCI Developments (www.pci-group.com), is a 353-feet tall building, featuring office space and ground-level retail space. It will also feature a significant exterior overhand within the base of the tower that will provide an 8,200 square-foot public plaza replete with a wall of water.

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Rendering of office tower (Source: PCI Devevelopments)

Alibaba – The Chinese multinational e-commerce, retail and technology conglomerate (www.alibaba.com) is in the planning stages of opening their very first Canadian office in our fair city. With a view to employing at least 30 people within 2 or 3 years, the proposed Vancouver office will work to assist the province and local businesses to understand Alibaba’s market size and access Alibaba’s platforms. E-commerce is projected to boom in revenue and this plan mirrors Amazon’s earlier announcement that it will also occupy office space in Vancouver. There is no date set for Alibaba’s office as of yet; stay tuned to this blog for future announcements.

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Alibaba Offices in California (Source: Alibaba)

New Vancouver Maritime Museum – Local developer Concord Pacific (www.concordpacific.com) has approached the Vancouver Maritime Museum with a proposal providing the museum with a new accessible, attractive and centralized location. This redevelopment is being designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop Architects – the same Italy-based firm behind the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and The Shard in London. This could be the largest community amenity contributions from a redevelopment towards Vancouver’s arts and culture scene. We’ll be sure to let you know as news on this project progresses!

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