Max Mara to double the size of its Pacific Centre store

The Max Mara store at Vancouver’s Pacific Centre will double in size. It will do so by annexing an adjacent retail space formerly occupied by a watch retailer.

Pacific Centre’s current 975 square foot Max Mara will take over about 1,000 square feet of the adjacent La Swiss watch store, creating a roughly 2,000 square foot Max Mara space. The remainder of La Swiss will be occupied by Pomellato, which will also take over adjacent 460 square foot Pacific Pen Shop (see lease plan below). Both Max Mara and Pomellato will be operated by franchise holder Vestis Fashion Group. 

For those unfamiliar, Max Mara is a luxury Italian fashion house established in 1951. It is known for its womenswear as well as accessories and shoes, and has stores around the world. Max Mara also retails other fashion lines including Weekend by Max Mara, which has two (and soon, three) stores in Metro Vancouver. 

Max Mara will expand into space recently vacated by watch retailer La Swiss.Max Mara will expand into space recently vacated by watch retailer La Swiss.

Max Mara will expand into space recently vacated by watch retailer La Swiss.

In an interview with Vestis Fashion Group owner Catherine Guadagnuolo, we learned that she also plans to open a Weekend Max Mara store in Pacific Centre. Weekend will be in Pacific Centre’s new retail expansion, to be located directly downstairs from Nordstrom. Her Weekend Max Mara store is expected to open in September, 2015. 

Source: Catherine Guadagnuolo, founder and owner of Vestis Fashion Group.

[Max Mara website]

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Craig Patterson
Craig Patterson
Now located in Toronto, Craig is a retail analyst and consultant at the Retail Council of Canada. He's also the Director of Applied Research at the University of Alberta School of Retailing in Edmonton. He has studied the Canadian retail landscape for the past 25 years and he holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws Degrees. He is also President & CEO of Vancouver-based Retail Insider Media Ltd.

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