HBC building in downtown Vancouver could be sold for close to $1B

Iconic Hudson's Bay building at Granville and West Georgia expected to garner significant interest

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HBC Building for sale Vancouver
The Hudson's Bay building at West Georgia and Seymour Street during 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Credit: Fiona Kwan/Flickr

Hudson’s Bay announced Monday that the company plans to sell their downtown Vancouver store at 674 Granville Street.

The six-storey building with its Corinthian columns was built in 1927, and was built on the site of a previous HBC store from 1893.

The interior of the building has been extensively renovated in recent years, with a new men’s department added to the sixth floor, and a high-end women’s department called The Room on the second floor. TOPSHOP currently occupies the basement level, and the sub-basement has several licensed retailers including Starbucks and Nespresso.

“We are exploring a sale of this flagship property as the Vancouver real estate market has appreciated significantly over the past several years. While no decision to sell has been made, we continue to explore opportunistic transactions to enhance shareholder value,” said Richard Baker, HBC’s governor, executive chairman and interim CEO. “We are committed to operating our Hudson’s Bay store at this location and any possible sale would include the continued operation of Hudson’s Bay at this property.”

Hudson’s Bay would continue to leaseback the property in the event of any sale. The Globe and Mail reported that the sale of the downtown Vancouver store could fetch up to $900 million.

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