The current Pacific Centre Apple store is about 5,400 square feet in size. The store sold in excess of $75 million last year according to a source at Apple, making it one of the more productive Apple Stores in the company. Given the sales and the crowds of shoppers that it attracts, Apple is clearly in need of more space in Downtown Vancouver.
Apple is expected to be joined by several other prominent brands in the retail space below Nordstrom. One confirmed neighbour will be Weekend by Max Mara, which will also open in the fall of 2015. The entire retail space below Nordstrom will be accessed both from within Pacific Centre as well as from a new Robson Street entrance that will provide access downstairs via an escalator.
We must apologize, as we previously Tweeted that this store would be a 'flagship' Apple Store. Upon discussion with insiders, we are retracting this 'flagship' classification, though Pacific Centre's new Apple Store will become one of Canada's largest. Many of the world's Apple Store flagships are free-standing and feature stunning architecture. The retail spaces below Nordstrom, where Apple will locate, will feature the same interior corridors as the rest of the mall's lower level: average height ceilings with honey-brown wood trim and no natural light, as per the rendering above. Below is a slideshow of some of Apple's more unique-looking flagships. Click the image below to start the slideshow.
Apple could still open a Downtown Vancouver 'flagship' location. We've been informed that lease negotiations for a prominent Robson Street commercial space are being finalized, and we're not sure who the new tenant might be.
We've also received word that Apple has been in talks with several Toronto landlords, though we can't yet confirm a location for its new Toronto Apple Store flagship. Top contenders are considered to be in or near the Toronto Eaton Centre and in the retail component of 1 Bloor Street East.