The Dollar Tree store in Downtown Vancouver's luxury retail complex 'The Carlyle' will close on April 12th. It's the latest tenant to move off the Alberni Street stretch that is being positioned as Vancouver's luxury shopping district.
We first mentioned The Carlyle last year when we reported that Chanel and Christian Dior were looking for space in the complex. Neither deal materialized, though luxury jeweller De Beers and upscale womenswear brand Tory Burch have since opened stores in The Carlyle. Two empty retail spaces remain, including a prominent 4,700 square foot corner location that some expected would become occupied by Gucci.
The 12,000 square foot Dollar Tree store has an entrance on Thurlow Street, with an escalator providing access to its below-ground retail space. The entrance, as per the photos in this article, sits directly beside the new 4,700 square foot corner retail space. We don't yet have word who might replace Dollar Tree.
Alberni Street is being positioned as a luxury shopping area, both by brokers and planners. Several world-famous brands are scouting and negotiating for spaces on the street, and proposals are in place to upgrade Alberni Street's sidewalks and street fixtures. We'll be reporting more on Alberni Street as it prepares itself to become Vancouver's equivalent to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills or East Oak Street in Chicago.
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