Nordstrom finally arrives at Pacific Centre on September 18, 2015 and is poised to change the face of downtown Vancouver
More than 2,500 people are set to work either in the Nordstrom department store, which is set to open September 18, or in office space above.
The evolution to a wealthier customer base is exciting nearby property owners and retailers while raising the profile of long-vacant space in the 800-block of Granville Street, south of Robson Street.
Restaurateurs are opening eateries and pondering renovations to cater to thousands of workers moving in to more than one million square feet of new office space in the central downtown peninsula.
Glowbal Group’s 17,000-square-foot Glowbal restaurant at the corner of Georgia and Seymour streets has been an “amazing” success since it opened August 19, according to owner Emad Yacoub, who spent about $100,000 on a packed launch party.
He expects the 400-seat high-end steak and seafood restaurant to be profitable on about $13 million in sales in its first year in part because of customers in the adjacent 488,000-square-foot Telus Garden office tower. In June, Telus Corp. (TSX:T) started moving 1,000 employees to the building at the corner of West Georgia and Richards streets; Amazon.com plans to locate 800 workers on site. Hundreds more will work for tenants such as Bull, Housser & Tupper.
Nordstrom itself is getting in on the action, given that more than 1,500 employees are expected to work in office space above its department store.
Spokesman John Bailey said the company plans to install a full-service restaurant on its third floor as well as a cocktail lounge on the second floor. The store will also include an espresso bar.
An external elevator will take diners to the third-floor restaurant so it can operate even when the department store is closed.
This is all great news for Vancouver.