There are 3 new attractions in Vancouver. One has opened. The 2nd is about to open. The 3rd won’t be ready for a few years.
I talked to a woman at a party recently who works for a company based in the Northwest that is expanding rapidly. It has opened about 100 stores. I asked if her company was planning to open outlets in Vancouver. “No,” she said because every sign, every tag has to be in both English and French. That apparently isn’t a problem for Nordstrom.
Nordstrom will open 4 stores in Toronto, Canada, between now and 2018. Its store on the corner of Robson and Granville in downtown Vancouver opened on September 18, 2015. Granville was refreshed for the 2010 winter Olympics, but it was getting just a bit seedy in a city that prides itself on appearance.
Solution? Open a new Nordstrom in Pacific Centre. The 2nd best way to see it is to view “A tour of Nordstrom Pacific Centre” on YouTube. The best way to see it is to go to Vancouver. The chain’s first international location, the Vancouver Nordstrom features the company’s newest design ideas. I was impressed with the amount of natural light that the architects were able to bring into the store. Ruth was impressed by the shoe department.
Attraction #2, Trump International Hotel and Tower, will be at 1161 West Georgia Street within walking distance of Nordstrom, if your anti-limo. An exact opening date has not been determined, but it will be some time this summer. I don’t know if Donald Trump will be there to welcome the first guest. It will get interesting if the opening occurs between July 18 and 21. At 69 stories, TIH&T will be the 2nd tallest building downtown and promises windows in every room offering fantastic city views. It will have 147 guest rooms and spa BY IVANKA. This is one of 3 new Trump hotels being built. The other 2 are in Rio de Janeiro and Washington DC. I assume the DC location is to reduce criticism should Donald Trump take up residence nearby soon and need to TCB. He got bad press by going to Scotland to visit the Trump International Golf Links.
The 3rd attraction, the new Vancouver Art Gallery, will be where West Georgia and Cambie intersect. There’s a parking lot there now. It’s just a few blocks from its present location in a building that has been around since 1906 and looks it. I assume the old museum, where a great Picasso show is on view, will remain open during much of the new construction. I blogged about Picasso on June 22. The design for the new museum by Herzog & de Meuron was revealed last year. It looks like stacked gift boxes. This Swiss company recently designed London’s Tate Modern. The groundbreaking will happen next year, and if all goes well, it will open in 2021 and double the space available in the old museum.