Two anchor retailers for the Vancouver House complex at the north end of the Granville Street Bridge in downtown Vancouver will open this week.
Both Fresh St. Market and London Drugs are set to open within the base of the new tower on Friday, February 7.
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The retailers will occupy a majority of Vancouver House’s 80,000 sq. ft. of retail space, with Fresh St. Market occupying the upper ground level and London Drugs occupying the lower ground level.
This is the BC-based grocery store chain’s fifth location and its first location within the city of Vancouver. It is a new concept store “inspired” by the company’s touring of North America’s top public markets and eateries, and it includes a licensed 50-seat restaurant, called Fork Lift Kitchen & Bar.
“We are proud to bring a new-concept grocery and restaurant experience to Vancouver that is hyper local while giving back to our local community at the same time,” said Gary Sorensen, president of Fresh St. Market, in a statement.
“This destination brings a public market like experience to what will be a flourishing neighbourhood. With cutting edge food purveyors, some you may have never heard of, this is an opportunity for Vancouverites to discover the vast array of local and unique foods we have available to us in British Columbia, all under one roof.”
Other tenants in $750-million Vancouver House, developed by Westbank and designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, include smaller retail and restaurants, including Momofuku.
University Canada West will turn 90,000 sq. ft. of office within the complex’s two podium buildings into an academic campus for up to 3,400 students.
When coupled with the enhanced public space around Vancouver House below the bridge, the new commercial tenants and private post-secondary institution are expected to draw significant foot traffic into the area.
The main architectural feature of the redevelopment, the landmark 493-ft-tall, 49-storey tower, contains 375 market condominiums and 105 market rental homes.