Canada’s largest COS (Collection of Style) store opened yesterday on Robson Street, providing yet another sign of the retail revival on the street’s 1000 block.
The COS Vancouver flagship store — with both menswear and womenswear — is located at 1070 Robson Street, occupying spaces that were previously Armani Exchange and BCBGMAXAZRIA. The retail floor area, spanning about 5,400 sq. ft. over two levels, incorporates a contemporary aesthetic designed by the retailer’s in-house architecture team.
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The London-based label is owned by H&M, and is known for being a less trendy, modern minimalist, more sophisticated version of its fast fashion parent company, but with mid-to-high market prices.
This adds to COS’ existing store location at 18 Water Street in Gastown, which opened in 2017. Other COS stores in the country are located in the Toronto and Montreal areas.
“We have been looking for another location in Vancouver for a number of years, given how enthusiastically the city embraced our first store in Gastown,” said Marie Honda, managing director of COS, in a statement.
“We are incredibly proud of this new store, our largest in Canada, and are delighted to be able to offer our full collection to Vancouverites for the first time.”
As for the COS’ decision to open a flagship store on Robson Street, it is a major sign of confidence over the long-term future of Robson Village as a major regional retail destination, which has seen a number of major new tenants in recent years, including the MUJI flagship store, Indigo flagship bookstore, and Drake’s OVO store.
H&M is also now in the final stages of completing the renovation and expansion of its flagship store at CF Pacific Centre, which is growing from 28,000 sq. ft. to about 38,000 sq. ft. over three levels — replicating much of the footprint size of the former Holt Renfrew store at the location.
Across the street from the COS location, a new significant two-storey retail building at 1067 Robson Street is in the process of being built. No tenant has been announced at this time.