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H&M flagship store at CF Pacific Centre to undergo major expansion

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Kenneth Chan Apr 20, 2018 4:12 pm 2,105

H&M at CF Pacific Centre shopping mall in downtown Vancouver is set for a major expansion and renovation.

Daily Hive has learned that the Vancouver flagship store will see an additional level added, turning the store into a three-level location.

According to a commercial real estate source who wished anonymity, the Swedish fast fashion retail giant will takeover a large first floor mall space located immediately below the the existing store area.

The space is currently vacant, and it includes the former retail space of Express which closed in May 2017.

The additional floor between the Coach and Geox stores is over 10,000 sq. ft. in size, which would push H&M’s store size at the location from 28,000 sq. ft. to more than 38,000 sq. ft.

It essentially takes over the same store space as the shopping centre’s original Holt Renfrew store, which relocated to the new and redesigned space on the opposite end of the shopping mall in 2007 – where the old multi-storey atrium and food court area used to be.

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H&M’s boarded up expansion space on the main mall level of CF Pacific Centre. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

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H&M’s boarded up expansion space on the main mall level of CF Pacific Centre. (Kenneth Chan / Daily Hive)

There is no indication at this time what the new level will be used for, such as whether it will allow a reconfiguration of the entire store space to accommodate a new H&M Home department.

The retailer has gradually introduced its home interior and decoration design department to its flagship Canadian stores in recent years, with H&M Home now present at West Edmonton Mall, CF Toronto Eaton Centre, and CF Carrefour Laval.

Renovations will also be performed to the store’s exterior along Granville Street, including a new facade and new signage.

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Artistic rendering of the new exterior facade of the H&M Vancouver flagship store at CF Pacific Centre. (Imperial Sign)

H&M and Apple opened within Holt Renfrew’s original space in the spring of 2008. When the latest expansion and renovation is complete, it is anticipated the CF Pacific Centre store will be one of H&M’s largest Canadian locations, just behind the 53,000 sq. ft. store at CF Toronto Eaton Centre and the 40,000 sq. ft. store at CF Carrefour Laval in Montreal.

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Kenneth Chan
National Features Editor at Daily Hive, the evolution of Vancity Buzz. He covers local architecture, urban issues, politics, business, retail, economic development, transportation and infrastructure, and the travel industry. Kenneth is also a Co-Founder of New Year's Eve Vancouver. Connect with him at kenneth[at]dailyhive.com

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