Holt Renfrew, Canada’s luxury specialty retailer, has been a part of the Vancouver community since 1975. It made the move to Granville and Dunsmuir in 2007, and is currently undergoing major renovations that will continue into 2017.
The renovations include a highly anticipated Chanel flagship store that is currently under construction with an anticipated opening this summer. Other shops that will be expanded or relocated will be Louis Vuitton, Tiffany, David Yurman, Gucci, Prada, Dior, Tom Ford, and Fendi.
The renovation will take place in stages, with various shops, concepts, and services opening over the next 12 months. The store will continue to serve customers during this period and approximately 80 new positions will be added as a result of the expansion with recruitment for management talent begins this week.
The Vancouver flagship was designed by New York-based architectural firm Janson Goldstein, who have also designed the current updates. Total square footage of the new Holt’s will be approximately 190,000 square feet, with the additional 40,000 square feet of space adjacent to the existing store’s Pender Street entrance.
A major expansion of the women’s leather goods and footwear area will triple in size, while the jewellery area will increase by approximately 50%. In addition to the expansion, anticipated to come to completion in 2017, approximately 80% of the existing store will be renovated.
Within the new expanded space, Holt Renfrew Men will have a new entrance on Howe Street. There will be over 15 menswear brands added to existing lines such as Rick Owens, Loewe, Amiri, Off White, Dries Van Noten, Officine Generale, Lardini and Wooster+ Lardini, Stone Island, and Berluti.
The Holts Café will open in summer 2016 and will feature an 80 seat restaurant which will include fine dining experience, a cocktail bar and private dining room.
Holt Renfrew Vancouver is getting ready to offer a set of enhanced luxury services, including a master tailor, shoeshine station and sneaker cleaning. A Leather Artisan will also be available to provide bespoke embossing details on any leather accessory and offer full service repair.
The new Jewellery & Watch service will feature onsite specialists and the new Beauty Lab, Nail Bar and Style Studio will offer innovative products and pampering.
Later this year, occupying over 7,000 square feet on two levels, the expanded Personal Shopping area (in addition to the two suites within Holt Renfrew Men) will feature five elegantly appointed private suites and The Apartment. Clients will also be able to make use of the personal styling services and the 4th floor patio which overlooks Granville and Dunsmuir Streets.