For all of us who wondered what would become of Chapters since they announced the closing of their Robson Street store, we have now learned that Chapters has committed to finding new permanent space later this year in what the company calls the “Robson shopping district.”
It wants that new permanent space to be in the 30,000-square-foot range.
One option that Chapters Indigo CEO Heather Reisman discussed at a public meeting on February 23 is to temporarily occupy the 16,000-square-foot second floor of Bentall Kennedy’s under-construction 745 Thurlow Street tower even though this building will not be available until late summer.
745 Thurlow is located on the south west corner of Thurlow and Alberni Streets, across the street from the Shangri-La hotel/residential tower and Urban Fare store, and adjacent to the well established Robson Street and growing Alberni Street retail corridors.
The typical office floor plate ranges from approximately 15,500 to 17,500 rentable square feet in the low-rise (4th through 14th floors), and approximately 17,800 to 21,000 rentable square feet in the high-rise (15th through 24th floors).
745 Thurlow abuts the Robson Street corridor to the south, which has a city mandated height limit. As a result, there are views to the south from the 4th floor of the building up. From the high-rise of the building, views to the south of English Bay, Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands are exceptional. Views to the north are achieved through the city skyline.
Even from the lower floors of the building, streetscape views up and down Thurlow and Alberni Streets are beautiful.
No offer has formally been made but it is a possibility, she said.
That should make all “American Girl “Doll fans in Vancouver breathe a huge sigh of relief.