The Nordstrom and Holt Renfrew of sports apparel and outdoor equipment stores — or simply a high-end version of Sportchek — has landed its first location in Metro Vancouver as the first retailer of the newly-constructed first phase of The Amazing Brentwood (TAB) shopping mall.
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Luxury Canadian retailer Sporting Life opened last Thursday within a 44,000-sq-ft space in the lower level of the new complex.
This is the company’s first location in BC, adding to its 12 existing stores across the country.
The highly-furnished store is packed with upmarket apparel and high performance gear for skiing, snowboarding, tennis, and biking. There is also a wide selection of casual, athletic, and outdoor shoes, as well as casual premium lifestyle clothing.
Some top brands that are prominently featured include Moncler, Canada Goose, Arc’teryx, Hugo Boss, Nike, Adidas, Champion, and Patagonia, while equipment suppliers entail companies such as Burton, Salomon, Volkl, Cannondale, and Babolat.
The new direct footbridge between the concourse level of SkyTrain’s Brentwood Town Centre Station and TAB’s main plaza, featuring a large oscillating fountain, is now open to provide direct access into the complex.
This phase of the project has also completed 1,400 vehicle parking stalls, located under the plaza and next to Sporing Life.
But it will be months until more retailers and restaurants populate the empty spaces; businesses and chains are still in the process of moving in and transforming their spaces. The openings will be gradual from now through the end of Spring 2020.
Early in the project’s development, developer Shape Properties partnered with global firm L Catterton Real Estate to turn TAB into a mall with high-calibre architecture, public art, and world-renowned and luxury retail brands.
Sporting Life is one of the other anchor tenants, joining a number of yet-to-be-announced major anchor retailers, including a high-end department store and a grocery store.
Some of the confirmed businesses include Adidas, Nike, Wilfred by Aritzia, and a two-level H&M flagship store — complete with the H&M Home collection — as well as Steve Nash Fitness World, a boutique food court, two-storey flagship Cactus Club Cafe, Small Victory cafe, and an innovative Starbucks Reserve pavilion and McDonalds restaurant perched over each other.
One of the mall’s largest anchors, the Cineplex Rec Room entertainment centre, contains five VIP auditoriums, three eateries such as a sports bar and upscale casual restaurant, a bowling alley, and over 100 arcade games and simulators. The 64,700-sq-ft Cineplex complex spanning over two upper levels will open by summer of next year.
The redevelopment will be built over four phases, featuring over 250 stores and restaurants within 1.1 million sq. ft. of retail space (double the existing retail) 11 residential towers with over 6,000 homes combined.
The indoor mall galleria portion of the old shopping mall complex remains open at this time.