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Inside the new Indigo Vancouver flagship bookstore on Robson Street (PHOTOS)

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Kenneth Chan Oct 22, 2018 1:46 pm 677

After a more than three year hiatus, downtown Vancouver has regained its mega bookstore hotspot.

Over the weekend, Indigo soft opened its Vancouver flagship bookstore at 1033 Robson Street, taking over the two-storey, 29,000-sq-ft retail building that was constructed for Forever 21 in 2012.

Indigo Vancouver flagship 1033 Robson Street

The new Indigo Vancouver flagship bookstore at 1033 Robson Street in downtown Vancouver. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

The expansive store introduces Indigo’s new full concept to the Metro Vancouver market, with a sleek, contemporary interior design by Toronto-based firm Burdifilek that reflects its home on the West Coast, such as giant murals of BC’s lush forests within the store’s escalator atrium.

Indigo Vancouver flagship 1033 Robson Street

The new Indigo Vancouver flagship bookstore at 1033 Robson Street in downtown Vancouver. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

Indigo Vancouver flagship 1033 Robson Street

The new Indigo Vancouver flagship bookstore at 1033 Robson Street in downtown Vancouver. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

Of course, the store is packed with a wide collection of books and other written works, including a large magazine section and an Indigo Kids area, complete with children’s books and toys.

Indigo Vancouver flagship 1033 Robson Street

The new Indigo Vancouver flagship bookstore at 1033 Robson Street in downtown Vancouver. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

Beyond the realm of the traditional bookstore, there are a number of unique sections, including a Paper Shop department with a large collection of notepads and cards, a Wellness Shop that features home collections, a large cooking department called ‘Joy Of The Table’ that even offers unique cooking essentials, and a massive mug collection.

Indigo Vancouver flagship 1033 Robson Street

The new Indigo Vancouver flagship bookstore at 1033 Robson Street in downtown Vancouver. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

Indigo Vancouver flagship 1033 Robson Street

The new Indigo Vancouver flagship bookstore at 1033 Robson Street in downtown Vancouver. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

And of course, there is also a Starbucks inside this location, perched against the second-floor windows overlooking Robson Street below. This coffee shop includes a large seating area.

Indigo Vancouver flagship 1033 Robson Street

The new Indigo Vancouver flagship bookstore at 1033 Robson Street in downtown Vancouver. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

Indigo Vancouver flagship 1033 Robson Street

The new Indigo Vancouver flagship bookstore at 1033 Robson Street in downtown Vancouver. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

Indigo closed its 50,000-sq-ft Chapters flagship store at the southeast corner of Robson Street and Howe Street in mid-2015, and it has since been converted into a flagship location for Sportchek.

A small Indigo Spirit bookstore replaced Aldo on Granville Street near Robson Street in late-2015. It is expected to close soon after serving as Indigo’s temporary bookstore for the downtown Vancouver market.

The location’s grand opening celebrations are scheduled for the first weekend of November.

Here are more photos of the new Indigo Vancouver flagship store:

Indigo Vancouver flagship 1033 Robson Street

The new Indigo Vancouver flagship bookstore at 1033 Robson Street in downtown Vancouver. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

Indigo Vancouver flagship 1033 Robson Street

The new Indigo Vancouver flagship bookstore at 1033 Robson Street in downtown Vancouver. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

Indigo Vancouver flagship 1033 Robson Street

The new Indigo Vancouver flagship bookstore at 1033 Robson Street in downtown Vancouver. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

Indigo Vancouver flagship 1033 Robson Street

The new Indigo Vancouver flagship bookstore at 1033 Robson Street in downtown Vancouver. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

Indigo Vancouver flagship 1033 Robson Street

The new Indigo Vancouver flagship bookstore at 1033 Robson Street in downtown Vancouver. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

Indigo Vancouver flagship 1033 Robson Street

The new Indigo Vancouver flagship bookstore at 1033 Robson Street in downtown Vancouver. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

Indigo Vancouver flagship 1033 Robson Street

The new Indigo Vancouver flagship bookstore at 1033 Robson Street in downtown Vancouver. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

Indigo Vancouver flagship 1033 Robson Street

The new Indigo Vancouver flagship bookstore at 1033 Robson Street in downtown Vancouver. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

Indigo Vancouver flagship 1033 Robson Street

The new Indigo Vancouver flagship bookstore at 1033 Robson Street in downtown Vancouver. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

Indigo Vancouver flagship 1033 Robson Street

The new Indigo Vancouver flagship bookstore at 1033 Robson Street in downtown Vancouver. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

Indigo Vancouver flagship 1033 Robson Street

The new Indigo Vancouver flagship bookstore at 1033 Robson Street in downtown Vancouver. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

Indigo Vancouver flagship 1033 Robson Street

The new Indigo Vancouver flagship bookstore at 1033 Robson Street in downtown Vancouver. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

Indigo Vancouver flagship 1033 Robson Street

The new Indigo Vancouver flagship bookstore at 1033 Robson Street in downtown Vancouver. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

Indigo Vancouver flagship 1033 Robson Street

The new Indigo Vancouver flagship bookstore at 1033 Robson Street in downtown Vancouver. (Kenneth Chan/Daily Hive)

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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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