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New retail space coming to Robson Street next to Sephora

A new, two-storey retail building coming to Robson Street could be the future home of a highly-anticipated retailer.

Both Apple and UNIQLO are reportedly looking for new retail space in downtown Vancouver, but finding the right spot has proved challenging.

The new building, designed by Francl Architecture, will have a clean and contemporary design featuring dark metal and glass fa├žade.

Retail experts say the building is likely being purpose-built for a particular retailer.

“The design proposal is more of a general placeholder and something that would be modified,” said Craig Patterson, founder and editor-in-chief of Retail Insider.

The sidewalk in front of the new building will be wider, similar to the sidewalks in front of Sephora and the former Forever 21 location (soon to be Indigo). Those buildings were also designed by Francl Architecture.

The second storey will be set back slightly, and the building will feature an extensive green roof.

Robson Street retail streetscape
Streetscape. Credit: Francl Architecture
Robson retail map
Location of new retail space on Robson Street. Credit: Francl Architecture

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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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