“Opening soon” signs plastered at the public plaza at The Amazing Brentwood (TAB) shopping centre for Cactus Club Cafe have been taken down for several weeks now.
As it turns out, the restaurant chain no longer has plans to open a significant two-storey flagship location with a rooftop patio at the new mall’s plaza.
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A spokesperson for Shape Properties, the developer and owner of TAB, says they are now in the process of seeking another restaurant tenant for the high-profile location, which is near the main entrance from SkyTrain’s Brentwood Town Centre Station.
This was intended to be a replacement location for Cactus Club’s existing location at 4219 Lougheed Highway, about two blocks to the west.
“Although Cactus Club will not be moving ahead with a location at The Amazing Brentwood, we look forward to sharing details about the new dining destination as they become available,” a spokesperson told Daily Hive Urbanized in a statement.
Fitness World was also slated to open at TAB, but those plans were cancelled shortly after the company’s restructuring and rebranding under new ownership last year.
The fitness gym chain had a location in the area at 4199 Lougheed Highway, next to the existing Cactus Club, but last year’s restructuring led to its takeover by Club 16 Trevor Linden. A new Fitness World at TAB would have replaced this previous location.
Instead, Alberta-based fitness gym chain Evolve Strength will occupy the TAB space previously slated for Fitness World.
Much of TAB’s new retail, restaurant, entertainment, and services were originally slated to open last year, but COVID-19 delayed the timeline.
Some of the businesses that have already opened include Nike, Sporting Life, Body Energy Club, and Starbucks, which is in a prominent pavilion location at the main plaza, on the south side of the fountain.
Major openings anticipated this year entail the mall’s new food hall, Metro Vancouver’s first Cineplex The Rec Room entertainment and dining attraction, Cineplex’s VIP Theatres with five auditoriums, and a flagship H&M store with H&M Home.
Other businesses that can be expected to open later in 2021 include OEB Breakfast Co., La Taqueria, Small Victory, and Bella Gelateria.
Future openings also include Adidas, Sephora, Urban Outfitters, Louis Castel, Chatime, Gram Cafe, Soon Coffee, Japadog, McDonald’s, Pizza Garden, Saboten, Hello Nori, Jinya Ramen, Nat’s Kitchen & Tap House, Hai Di Lao, and Neptune Seafood.
The first phase of TAB at the southwest corner of the 28-acre property also saw the completion of twin 611-ft-tall, 56-storey residential towers, which are some of the tallest buildings in the region.
Altogether, the entire redevelopment will be built over four phases, featuring over 250 stores and restaurants within 1.1 million sq. ft. of retail space (doubling the existing retail), and 11 residential towers with over 6,000 homes combined.