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Calgary coffee chain splashes into Vancouver

Deville Coffee plans four downtown outlets in the city with its first major move outside of Alberta
Calgary's Deville Coffee will open four locations in Vancouver. The first will be at 333 Seymour Street. | Deville Coffee/Facebook

Calgary-based Deville Coffee will soon make a splashy arrival in Vancouver, marking a major expansion of the brand.

Paul Brassard and Mark Nolan opened Calgary's first Deville cafe in 2008. The chain has a major presence in Calgary, with a dozen locations around the city and a thirteenth one in the works for Calgary’s airport. Deville also has an outlet in Edmonton and one in Kelowna, B.C.

In Vancouver, Deville has announced four outposts: 745 Thurlow (at the 745 Thurlow office building); The Post (in the former Canada Post redevelopment on West Georgia Street in the downtown); Bentall 5; and Waterfront (at 333 Seymour Street).

It appears the Waterfront location will be the first to open its doors this July, though a specific date has not yet been shared on Deville's social media.

Jason Cunningham, co-founder of 98 Food Co., which is Deville’s franchisor, said a Deville Coffee franchise costs $25,000 and a turnkey location can run between 500 square feet and 1,500 square feet, and cost up to $375,000. However, not all locations look the same.

“We build stores to suit the neighbourhood, and the building we are located in,” says Cunningham. “It’s not a cookie-cutter approach.”

It's unclear so far which Vancouver bakers, if any, Deville will be working with for their cafe's food selections.