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Hudson’s Bay store temporarily closed for air conditioning maintenance during heat wave

Hudson’s Bay store temporarily closed for air conditioning maintenance during heat wave
Hudson’s Bay store temporarily closed for air conditioning maintenance during heat wave

Signs have been placed on the doors of Hudson’s Bay’s main Vancouver location announcing that the store is temporarily closed.

Signs at the entrances at Granville Street and West Georgia Street indicate the closure is due to planned maintenance.

According to the company, the current heat wave in Vancouver has “put strain” on the building’s air conditioning system.

“The store is closed while we perform maintenance on our HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system. We are working to address this as quickly as possible. The comfort and well-being of our customers and associates is always our top priority,” a Hudson’s Bay spokesperson said.

The downtown Vancouver facility has been experiencing maintenance issues for months, affecting elevator and escalator service.

This isn’t the first Hudson’s Bay to temporarily close this week. On Monday, similar signs were posted on the doors of the Victoria location, reading: “Store closed due to system issues.”

The company would not confirm how many stores were closed in Canada, but said it was due to heating, ventilation and air conditioning issues.

Upgrades planned for flagship location

Major improvements were announced for the six-storey downtown Vancouver location in 2022.

Hudson’s Bay Company and its partner RioCan Real Estate Trust plan to build a 12-story office tower on top of the existing building.

It would add 90,000 square meters of space and create 5,000 jobs.

The existing 37,000 square meter space will accommodate a revamped version of the Bay store and restaurants.