Four of downtown Vancouver’s largest retail destinations are planning for a reopening over the coming days.
CF Pacific Centre shopping mall will be reopening its property to the public just in time for the long weekend, starting on Friday, May 15. Its operating hours are set from 11 am to 7 pm daily until further notice.
While the mall operator is reopening its doors, most of the shops inside will remain closed during the first day of reopening; just over a dozen retailers within the mall are expected to reopen.
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Sport Chek across from the mall at 788 Robson Street will also reopen beginning on Friday with reduced hours. The sports apparel and equipment retailer has been reopening its stores on a province-by-province basis.
Then on Tuesday, May 19, the Holt Renfrew Vancouver flagship store, which is part of CF Pacific Centre, will reopen with reduced store hours and entrances.
The luxury retailer says they will be place hand sanitizer stations throughout all store entrances, and make gloves and masks available for customers. All staff will be required to wear gloves and masks. Additionally, the store will be deep cleaned daily before opening, and fitting rooms will be sanitized after each use.
But at the other end of the mall, Nordstrom has yet to indicate when it will reopen, and remains boarded up as of today.
Also on Tuesday, the Hudson’s Bay flagship store is scheduled to reopen its doors, as part of the company’s reopening of its stores across BC.
HBC’s department stores will reopen with enhanced health and safety protocols and modified services, including enhanced cleaning, directional signage on floors for navigation and physical distancing, and adjusted policies for beauty sampling.
They will initially operate with reduced hours, from 12 pm to 5 pm daily, which will allow for thorough cleaning each day. Its stores will reopen an hour early every Tuesday, from 11 am to 12 pm, for frontline workers, seniors, and individuals with disabilities.
Sport Chek, Holt Renfrew, and Hudson’s Bay in downtown will all offer curbside pickup services for those who prefer a contactless shopping experience.
Elsewhere in downtown, a number of Robson Street shops have dismantled their storefront wooden boarding to prepare for a reopening over the coming days. This includes Aritzia, Steve Madden, Nike, Sephora, and Zara.
All of these businesses are ramping up their operations following the provincial government’s decision to allow for a gradual restart of BC’s economy starting in the middle of May. Businesses are required to operate under physical distancing and health safety guidelines.