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Development application for downtown Vancouver Apple Store approved

A development application for Vancouver’s first Apple flagship store on the site of the existing CF Pacific Centre rotunda has been approved.

Although it’s still yet to be confirmed by Apple Canada, it’s an open secret that the upcoming two-storey pavilion building will be home to an Apple flagship.

The development also includes a new mall entry from mid-block on West Georgia Street, a green wall, public space improvements and upgrades to the below grade areas and the parkade.

Charles Gauthier, president and CEO of the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association, says the development is a vote of confidence in downtown Vancouver.

“Cadillac Fairview’s redevelopment of this iconic corner at Georgia and Howe streets, with the addition of new retail space, speaks volumes about its confidence in and commitment to downtown.”

Downtown Vancouver Apple flagship rendering
Rendering of new retail building at CF Pacific Centre. Credit: Perkins + Will

“Earlier this decade Cadillac Fairview made a significant investment in the former Sears building that led to the much anticipated arrival of Nordstrom to Vancouver and the introduction of much needed large floor plate space for tech giants Microsoft and Sony ImageWorks and other tenants. It sparked renewed interest in and investments along Granville Street both north and south of Robson Street,” Gauthier added. “This upcoming redevelopment on Georgia Street will likely result in other nearby properties to seriously consider making similar investments “

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Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner is an experienced journalist and media relations professional, based in Vancouver. As founder of urbanYVR.com, he has been reporting on urban development across the Lower Mainland since 2016, and has also served as vice-chair of the Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee. In October 2022, he was elected to Vancouver city council and is no longer actively reporting for urbanYVR.

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