Metro Vancouver: Brentwood Town Centre is undergoing a spectacular overhaul that, when completed in the fall of 2018, will make it one of the largest and most impressive new urban destinations in North America. In the first phase of development the new centre will feature a modern luxury retail zone, fashion anchor stores, new upscale restaurants and a cinema, all in a seamless indoor-outdoor configuration located directly on SkyTrain. Now under construction, The Amazing Brentwood will become one of British Columbia’s largest shopping centres when completed, boasting in excess of 250 stores and restaurants. The property’s master-plan features community gathering places, office space, and 11 residential towers housing 6,000 homes on the 28-acre site.
The existing 500,000 square foot enclosed centre will be transformed into a mixed-use super regional shopping centre featuring in excess of 1.1 million square feet of retail space. As many as three large stores may anchor the centre, and landlord Shape Properties confirms that they have been in discussions with four upscale, fashion department stores. Discussions continue with a variety of smaller retailers, including a number of luxury brands that are interested in locating in the centre’s new ‘modern luxury zone’.
Not all retail will be luxury focused, however. Shape Properties is also looking to add various lifestyle, aspirational and approachably-priced retailers in the centre, including a number of sports and athleisure focused brands. The landlord continues to seek innovative ‘indie’ brands looking to do business in what is positioned to be one of the country’s most impressive shopping environments.
The centre will be unique in how it will seamlessly incorporate indoor retail space with outdoor retail offerings. The centre will feature four distinct retail areas; ‘Brentwood Interior’, ‘Brentwood Boulevard’, ‘West Mews/Grand Lobby’, and ‘The Plaza’. Each is described below.
Brentwood Interior, the centre’s indoor component, will feature about 100 retailers in over 500,000 square feet of space as well as more than 25 restaurants in 36,000 square feet of space. The mall’s anchor retailers will also be housed in this part of Brentwood Town Centre.
Brentwood Boulevard, an outdoor retail street, will feature 22 retailers in 70,000 square feet of space, as well as two restaurants occupying approximately 10,000 square feet, plus some 4,000 square feet of restaurant patio space. Brentwood Boulevard’s design is inspired by some of the world’s most iconic high streets.
West Mews and Grand Lobby will feature 17,000 square feet of retail space, as well as a further 4,000 square feet for at least six restaurants, excluding approximately 1,500 square feet of patio space. The area will offer one-of-a-kind brands, designer stores, and unique restaurants.
The Plaza will be a one-acre open-air social hub featuring fashion brands mixed with patios, pubs and casual dining. It will feature 15 stores as well as six restaurants spanning over 30,000 square feet, plus 7,100 square feet of patio space and 4,000 square feet of garden rooftops. Also, three of the restaurants at The Plaza will be multi-level, according to plans.
According to Shape Properties’ Executive Vice President, Darren Kwiatkowski, Brentwood will feature considerably more space devoted to restaurants than is typically found in shopping centres in Canada. This addresses the fact that malls are increasingly becoming social and entertainment destinations, as opposed to being pure retail centres. Brentwood will feature a variety of food options, not limited to chains — chef-driven concepts will be included to elevate the food experience, which will feature options from a variety of ethnicities.
Brentwood’s location is ideal, being accessible both by public transportation as well as by car. The Brentwood SkyTrain station will become an integral component of the centre, and Mr. Kwiatkowski explained that transit ridership is expected to grow substantially as the Lower Mainland continues to densify. Brentwood is also easily accessible by car, located at the busy corner of Lougheed Highway and Willingdon Avenue. Its central location means that Brentwood is able to pull in shoppers from Burnaby as well as Vancouver, Coquitlam, New Westminster, and even North Vancouver via the Second Narrows Bridge.
Landlord Shape Properties continues to seek retail tenants for the redevelopment of Brentwood Town Centre. For more information, contact: Maria Holly, firstname.lastname@example.org and Graham Horton, email@example.com 604.681.2358.
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