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A COMMITMENT TO FRESHNESS AND QUALITY HAS RICE ‘N SPICE PATRONS COMING BACK FOR MORE.

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A COMMITMENT TO FRESHNESS AND QUALITY HAS RICE ‘N SPICE PATRONS COMING BACK FOR MORE.

Since 1992, this family-run restaurant has offered one of the richest and most delicious combinations of exotic dishes in the city. They are known for their long line-ups thanks to the family’s unwavering commitment to freshness and quality. Flavours range from Sri-Lankan curries to Mediterranean shawarma and many unusual South East Asian dishes. Grinding and mixing their own spices for freshness, each curry is made with a unique twist on the original recipe. No food preservatives or M.S.G. are used and the menu includes a wide variety of 100% vegan and gluten-free items. After launching a Yaletown location in 2012, the family is eagerly anticipating opening this fall in Harbour Centre.

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FAMOUS FAMIGLIA PIZZERIA BRINGS AUTHENTIC ITALIAN CUISINE TO HARBOUR CENTRE.

Started by four brothers in 1986, this authentic New York style pizzeria has over 120 locations around the world. Fanatic about freshness and quality (and their family recipes), they make their own pizza sauces, 100% whole milk mozzarella cheeses, pastas, flour mixes, a variety of proprietary dough shells with infused olive oil. From Italy they import premium first-cold pressed olive oil as well as searching out exclusive blends of mountain-grown coffees. From specialty pizzas to ziti marinara, piping hot calzones to eggplant parmigiana, the Famous Famiglia tradition of authentic ingredients and enthusiastic service will be a welcome addition at Harbour Centre.

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HEALTHFARE’S TASTY YET NUTRITIOUS MENU OFFERS PATRONS THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS.

Born out of a passion to create food that was both delicious and nutritious, the first HealthFare opened in 2008. A guilt-free combination of fast-food convenience and calorie-wise consciousness, the menu goes beyond trends and bland diets. Everything is healthy, tasty and can be catered to your specific dietary needs. From a roasted salmon salad with dill and yogurt to their spin on a classic clubhouse sandwich, items are calorie-marked so you won’t stress over making a smart lifestyle choice. HealthFare strives for sustainability with unique eco-friendly fixtures and décor made from reclaimed and recycled materials. We’re delighted they’re bringing their fresh take on fast food to the Harbour Centre Food Court.

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INTRODUCING THE REDEVELOPMENT’S INTERIOR DESIGN TEAM: SSDG INTERIORS INC.

When Harbour Centre decided to upgrade the food court, SSDG Interiors was brought on board to lead the interior design strategy. With almost three decades of related retail and hospitality experience, SSDG Interiors was the perfect team to lead the design of the redevelopment.

SSDG developed a plan to realize Harbour Centre’s potential of being an urban, contemporary neighbourhood gathering space. Warm and dynamic colors and materials were chosen to welcome visitors to a food court experience that engages the five senses with color, lighting, texture and form. They called for areas of the floor around escalators and stairs to be removed to open up the space and increase visibility and light transmittance between floors. Lounge areas for socializing were also integral to the planning, as was efficient increased seating and washroom capacity. Fresh colors, high ceilings, increased natural light and ventilation, sustainable initiatives and improved wayfinding will all create a space that emphasizes wellbeing and accessibility.

“The changes are designed to enhance the complex, making it brighter, more welcoming, and easier to navigate. Our vision is to retain the heritage of the building but to offer an improved shopping and dining experience for our customers.”
– Norman Pearl, Senior Vice President of Polaris Realty Canada Limited

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SSDG Interiors’ rendering shows the plan to increase visibility and light transmittance by removing areas of floor around the escalators. Renderings/features are not specific and are subject to change.

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WHAT’S COOKING? CHECKING IN WITH THE FOOD COURT CONSTRUCTION TEAM.

Harbour Centre is truly a Landmark in Motion. The Food Court redevelopment team continues to make encouraging progress as they keep their sights set on an October 2013 completion.

Here’s some of the latest progress:

•  Framing of walls and ceilings is 95% complete. Drywall and taping has commenced with CRU demising walls at FC-02 through FC-16 completed first. The millwork site measuring has been completed, and all templates have been delivered to site.

•  The electrical rough-in is 95% complete and the mechanical rough-in is 75% complete.

•  Wire cage tenant storage areas have been installed and CRU spaces were handed over to vendors on August 1.

•  The major structural demolitions to the building have been completed, including the enlarged opening at the primary Cordova entrance, and the opening in the upper mall suspended concrete slab at the escalator into the food court.

•  Work on the upper mall has commenced, with the architectural and electrical demolition complete.

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WHO’S READY FOR LUNCH? NEW FOOD COURT VENDOR LINE-UP NOW COMPLETE.

The Harbour Centre food court is now 100% leased and we are thrilled to announce our new line-up of retailers. Patrons can look forward to a healthy, diverse mix of food options starting this Fall.

Starbucks – Specialty Coffees and Teas

Rice N’ Spice – Mediterranean/South East Asian Style

Taco Del Mar – Mexican Food

Camay Wok – Chinese Food

My Toàn Vietnamese Gourmet – Vietnamese Food

Little Japan – Japanese Grill

Hiro Sushi Xpress – Japanese Sushi

Quizno’s – Submarine Sandwiches
Salad Loop – Fresh Salads and Fruit Bar

Health Fare – Healthy Options and Nutritional Supplements

Thai Express – Thai Food

Famous Famiglia Pizzeria – Italian Pasta and Pizza

Fatburger – Burgers, Fries and Shakes

BC Lotto – Lotto Tickets, Keno etc.

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Renderings are not specific and do not indicate final buildouts.

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WHO’S COMING TO LUNCH? TWO POPULAR VENDORS READY FOR FOOD COURT RE-OPENING.

The new food court will be a unique downtown food destination, populated with up to 14 fashionable food brands, healthy food options and a great selection of ethnic choices. Over the next 6 months, we will be introducing you to the food court retailers who will be joining us for lunch this fall.

Camay Wok
Camay Wok, a favourite of customers at the Royal Centre Mall for over 6 years, will now be bringing their great selection of authentic Chinese dishes and fast, friendly, customer service to Harbour Centre! Customer favourites include dishes such as War Wonton Soup, Camay Special Chow Mien, BBQ duck on Steamed rice, Pan Fried Beef Rice Noodle, Beef brisket Rice Noodle and much more!

 Little Japan
For over 20 years Little Japan has been a key fixture in the Harbour Centre Food Court, and we are excited to announce that they will be returning when we open in the fall over 2013. Little Japan features affordable Asian style stir-fry made right in front of their customers so that they can see the freshness and high quality of the food being prepared. And did we say fast? Whether it’s prawns, chicken, pork, beef or vegetarian served with noodles or rice and – watching their chef perform food feats in a minute or three is like a visit to busy Japan.

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Renderings are not specific and do not indicate final buildouts.

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WHO’S PREPARING LUNCH? INTRODUCING THE HARBOUR CENTRE REDEVELOPMENT TEAM.

We’d like to introduce you to the Harbour Centre Redevelopment Team. This experienced team of 3, supported by the Harbour Centre Management Group will be leading this complex project throughout the next 6 months.

 Luke Kerton, Construction Manager, Harbour Centre  (middle)
Luke joined Harbour Centre in 1997 and throughout the past 16 years, has worked his way up to the position of Construction Manager. His role is to make sure that this project is successfully completed on time and on budget.

Melissa Biggs-Immonen, Construction Assistant (left)
Melissa has been with Harbour Centre for 9 years. Her role is to assist both Luke and Michael with all the complex details that occur in a large redevelopment project such as this one.

Michael Connelly, Project Manager (right)
Michael is a Principal with Michael Connelly and Associates. As a consultant, his role is to assist the internal team and make sure that the project runs smoothly. He will work with all trades and lead contractors on site to make sure they follow proper procedures, everything from safety regulations, the permitting process, to the build-out and completion of the tenant spaces.

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WHO TOOK MY LUNCH? FOOD COURT NOW CLOSED AND CONSTRUCTION IS UNDERWAY.

Harbour Centre is truly a Landmark in Motion! The old food court is now closed and the first phase of the redevelopment project is well underway. Behind the hoarding, the work to bring you a fresh new food court commenced April 1.

Here’s some of the progress that has been made so far:

• All the furniture has been removed, and existing walls and ceilings have been torn down to make more room for an open themed food court. Void spaces around the escalator and staircase areas are being enlarged to improve sightlines and make the space feel more inviting.

• Electrical and mechanical demolition is underway which includes disconnection and removal of unused equipment, pipes, and wiring.

• Plans to achieve a higher ceiling in the food court space are ongoing. The higher ceiling will enhance the suspended ceiling accents that will be installed later in the project. The ceiling accents, in wave and cloud shapes will provide interest, playfulness, and fluidity to the space.

What exciting elements can you expect to see in the new food court?

• Variations on seating types will provide patrons with different seating options. Complimentary WIFI and electronic power sources for communication devices will be built in to the seats for convenience. Digital flat screens will be installed to provide information, entertainment and a better patron experience.

• Vancouver’s iconic views will be incorporated into some of the walls creating a sense of being outdoors, while experiencing the warmth and comfort of the indoors. Vibrant colors and a mix of wall textures will definitely bring freshness and fun to the space.

• Digital wayfinding signs will be incorporated in to the centre to provide easy navigation for patrons. In addition, enlarged washrooms with modern fixtures, accessible restroom and baby change areas will be made available to cater to our patron’s needs.

• Modern recycling systems with organized labels and built-in tray holders will be made available, improving waste management within the food court.

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