Most Anticipated Fall Openings in Vancouver
With Fall comes a new rainy season in Vancouver and it seems that the more time we spend inside, the more our itch for creating change grows. It also doesn’t help that the IKEA catalogues start showing up and a new aromatic restaurant is popping up on every corner. So whether you are looking to shop for the latest looks at the best prices or at the most insane prices, pack it all up and move to a swanky new condo or ride the new SkyTrain and hit the suburbs, our list of new openings this Fall should help you plan your Lower Mainland travels.
This megamall is officially launching on October 5th. The 1.2M sq. ft. of retail will include a mix of premium fashion brands, factory outlets, restaurants and a 1,100 seat food hall. In advance of this official launch date, 27 stores have already opened. The Mills also offers a 42 passenger shopping shuttle that provides a free transportation from the mall to the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal and is coordinated with Nanaimo and Victoria ferry sailing times to attract shoppers from the islands.
Rolex is opening a 2,250 sq. ft. space in the base of the luxurious Shangri-La Hotel in the ‘Luxury Zone’. The Rolex boutique is anticipated to open in early October and will take over the space previously held by an exquisite tea room where the ladies who lunch and hotel guests once enjoyed high tea in the afternoons.
Following in the footsteps of Green on Salt Spring Island, Zero Waste Market will be Canada’s second plastic and packing free market. Founded by Brianne Miller, who is a marine biologist by trade, the Zero Waste Market will offer a range of locally and ethically sourced goods available in separately or in bulk. Customers are encouraged to bring their own reusable containers and recycled bags to fill.
With a budget of approximately $600+ million, the new LEED Gold ‘urban resort’ consists of a casino, two hotels – JW Marriott Hotel and The Douglas, eight restaurants including 2 lounges, 30,000 sq. ft. elevated park and the largest hotel ballroom in Vancouver. With a total of 466 rooms, 51 suites, parq Vancouver will be the only LEED Gold hotel complex in the city. The tentative opening date is late 2016.
The uber-rich will rejoice at the opening of the rare Stefano Ricci in Vancouver’s ‘Luxury Zone’ at the base of Trump Tower. Superior quality, craftsmanship, and the most luxurious materials have been celebrated by this ultra exclusive brand since 1972. Simple diamond studded cufflinks will set you back a meager $23,000; the eagle is extra.
H&M’s upscale fashion brand COS (Collection of Style), which is geared towards a mature sophisticated buyer and will launch this fall in 2016 in Gastown at 18 Water Street. Standing at a little over 3,000 sq. ft., the space will feature monochromatic colour palettes and lots of black. But don’t expect H&M prices – pieces from this store range anywhere from $59 to $450 and more.
Montreal-based footwear retailer Browns Shoes will open in Tsawwassen Mills on October 5th. Known for their high quality and mid-to-high range pricing, Browns continues to stock in demand brands such as Blundstone, Christopher Bates, Diesel, Doc’s, Varvatos, Nike, Y-3 and ZCD Montreal.
Donald’s highly controversial $360M hotel is scheduled to open mid to late November (due to delays) and will occupy the coveted location in the ‘Luxury Zone’ in the heart of downtown. Designed by the esteemed Arthur Erickson, the 63 story structure will be the second highest in Vancouver and have 147+ rooms plus meeting spaces, fine dining restaurants, a champagne lounge and more.
The city has been waiting, since its approval in 2013, for the 11km extension of the SkyTrain that will link Burnaby, Port Moody and Coquitlam to Vancouver. The Evergreen Line is 90% ready and is planned to be running full-time before December holidays.
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Helen Siwak is the driving force behind lifestyle blog EcoLuxLuv and Editor-in-Chief of BLUSH Vancouver Magazine. She is also freelance contributor numerous publications including DailyHive (formerly VancityBuzz) and Vancouver correspondent for Retail-Insider. Follow her on IG: @HelenSiwak.