The Grosvenor building was built a few decades ago, designed by Musson Cattell Mackey for Grosvenor Estates. More recently the building was sold to local investors and developers Kingswood Capital, and as Alberni develops as the place where people with more money than sense go shopping, and there was underbuilt zoned floorspace, they’ve added a retail building to replace the small patio area in front of the building.
The Henriquez Partners designed 2-storey retail space was approved in 2015, and has just been completed. The store has been leased to Parisian jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels, and Swiss luxury watch store IWC Schaffhausen. The public right-of-way through the site remains, cutting across the angle behind the new store. Here the design echoes the continuous bays of the Grosvenor Building – supposedly designed that way to allow every office to be a corner office.