French luxury brand Chanel will expand its Vancouver presence by relocating its concession to a larger, ground-floor ‘flagship’ location. The move is the latest within Holt Renfrew, as it continues to expand and renovate its CF Pacific Centre store to address competition from the mall’s recently-opened Nordstrom flagship.

Our West Coast correspondent Helen Siwak tells us that Chanel will vacate its current 1,900 square foot third-level Holt Renfrew concession space for a larger street-front location within Holt’s, in space formerly occupied by Holt’s salon and spa. The new Chanel store is under construction, and sources say that it will open mid-2016. Rumour has it that a café component may be included with frontage on Dunsmuir Street, and that Chanel may gain a dedicated Howe Street entrance as part of the expansion.

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