It’s been a long time coming but Holt Renfrew’s Vancouver flagship will finally undergo a 40,000 square foot expansion to its existing space for a total of 190,000 square feet – announced yesterday evening at a media event in the Vancouver store. Women’s leather goods and footwear will each triple in size while jewellery will increase by 50 percent. Approximately 80 percent of the existing store will be renovated so shoppers will be treated to almost an entirely new store.
New York architecture firm Janson Goldstein, who designed the original 2007 store will oversee the renovations later this year. The renovations will occur in stages and Holts will continue to serve customers during the transition period.
The enhanced luxury experience will include a new Chanel flagship store currently under construction – the first of many luxury houses to open this summer. The existing Louis Vuitton, Tiffany, David Yurman, Gucci, Prada, Dior, Tom Ford and Fendi shops will be relocated and expanded.
Holts will be expanding their customer experience for men with the opening of Holt Renfrew Men this summer. A new entrance on Howe Street will draw male customers to over 15 new menswear brands that include Rick Owens, Loewe, Amiri, Off White, Dries Van Noten and Berluti.
Complimentary Personal Shopping services has been a trademark of the Holt Renfrew brand for years. Later this year, the expanded Personal Shopping Area of over 7,000 square feet will feature five private suites and The Apartment – a private and personalized space with a fourth floor patio overlooking Granville and Dunsmuir Streets.
Enhanced luxury services such as a master tailor, shoeshine and sneaker cleaning will be added to the lineup. Holts will also have on hand a leather artisan; a resident expert offering embossing on any leather accessory and full service repair. Jewellery & Watch service, a new Beauty Lab, Nail Bar and Style Studio round out the VIP treatment.
Lastly, shoppers will be able to relax and sip post-shopping cocktails in the much-anticipated Holts Café this summer. The 80-seat restaurant will feature fine dining, plus a bar and private dining room offering lunch and dinner.