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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
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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.