The Bay Centre begins enhancements in advance of welcoming new tenant
New services to help augment the heart of downtown Victoria’s shopping district
Feb. 26, 2018, Victoria, BC – The Bay Centre has begun undertaking interior enhancements in preparation of welcoming a 20,000 square foot, multi-level store, scheduled to open in spring 2019. Located on levels 1 and 2, the addition of the soon to be named tenant is part of an overall remerchandising program currently underway at The Bay Centre.
“Our goal is to become a shoppers’ first destination by welcoming new tenants, events, and partners as we embrace the overall growth of downtown,” says Darlene Hollstein, General Manager of The Bay Centre. “Over the long-term, the realignment of the stores and services that are in The Bay Centre is intended to further enhance the shopping experience for those who live, work, and play downtown.”
Additional shopping centre enhancements planned for 2018 include entryway upgrades, interior and exterior lighting improvements, and redesigned marquee signs designed to strengthen the guest experience and attract new, long-term tenants to the downtown Victoria marketplace. As part of the new store opening, some tenants will move to new locations.
The shift in the merchandising mix of The Bay Centre reflects the ongoing changes to the city’s downtown core. With an increase of residential units – both market and rental – in the last few years, with buildings such as the Sovereign, Escher, Era, Janion, and the Hudson District completed and welcoming residents, more Victorians now call downtown their home.
Overall, the city is growing; the recent population estimate for Victoria saw an increase of 7.2 per cent (Canada Census, 2016). In addition, the City of Victoria’s Downtown Core Area Plan identifies that with increased residential growth, commercial stores, services, and dining establishments will also need to shift to fit the needs of residents.
“We’re growing up as a city, and it shows,” says Hollstein. “We continue to see more and more people choose to live downtown and seek out services, shopping, and restaurants that make an urban environment vibrant and welcoming.”
As part of normal industry practice, the name of the new tenant will be released when the retailer is prepared to make an announcement.
For more information about The Bay Centre, visit www.thebaycentre.ca
About The Bay Centre
Covering one full city block in the centre of Victoria's shopping district, The Bay Centre has a mix of over 90 street front and interior shops where you'll find unique, quality brands, diverse dining options, and exceptional service in an urban shopping environment.
Featured retailers include: the Hudson's Bay Company, Le Chateau, GoodLife Fitness, Eco Chic AVEDA Salon & Spa, L'Occitane En Provence, Urban Planet, Sport Chek, The Tuscan Kitchen, Below the Belt and so much more.
The Bay Centre is owned by Manulife Real Estate and managed by Cushman & Wakefield Asset Services Inc.