New retailers confirmed for June 17 Pacific Centre launch

Abercrombie & Fitch and AllSaints are two retailers newly confirmed for the space

Microsoft is not only taking office space at Pacific Centre, it also plans to open a retail store under the future Nordstrom

Retailers Abercrombie & Fitch and U.K.-based AllSaints will be part of about a dozen merchants that will locate under the future Nordstrom at Pacific Centre, Business in Vancouver confirmed April 15.

The expansion is set to open to the public on June 17.

Bloggers had written that technology giant Apple Corp. (Nasdaq:AAPL) would relocate from its current Pacific Centre location and take space in under the future Nordstrom.

This will not happen, said Tom Knoepfel, who is senior vice-president and portfolio manager at the mall’s owner, Cadillac Fairview.

“Apple is not going in,” he told BIV. “Apple is not taking a location in that expansion area.”

BIV previously reported  that future tenants for that space will also include the following nine:

•Hugo Boss;
•Kate Spade;
•Ted Baker London;
•Tumi; and
•Weekend Max Mara.

All of those tenants will be open for the June 17 launch except for Microsoft and Abercrombie & Fitch.

Two spaces remain unfilled.

One is a 4,000-square-foot unit that is extremely close to having a tenant confirmed. The other is a 7,500-square-foot space that is of interest to an “aspirational” clothing retailer who does not yet have any locations in Metro Vancouver, Knoepfel said.

“That deal is definitely not done yet,” he said. “If it doesn’t get done, we’ve got three other retailers who we could break up the space for and then lease it to each of them.”

The June 17 launch will also provide more options for how to get out of the Granville Street Canada Line station.

Currently, transit users can take an exit to go into Pacific Centre but they have to walk north. As of June 17, those people will be able to exit into Pacific Centre and walk south to escalators that will take them up to the corner of Robson and Granville streets, Knoepfel said.