There are plans to redevelop a longtime White Spot restaurant hub on Marine Drive in Southeast Vancouver.

A new development application has been submitted by Hato Holdings and TKA+D Architecture to redevelop the longtime White Spot restaurant, headquarters, and distribution centre at 1126 Southeast Marine Drive.

The 2.2-acre site is immediately south of the Khalsa Diwan Society Sikh Temple, and west of the Knight Street Bridge.

Site of White Spot restaurant and the chain’s former headquarters and distribution centre at 1126 Southeast Marine Drive, Vancouver. (TKA+D Architecture/Hato Holdings)

white spot 1126 Southeast Marine Drive Vancouver

Site of White Spot restaurant and the chain’s former headquarters and distribution centre at 1126 Southeast Marine Drive, Vancouver. (Google Maps)

white spot 1126 Southeast Marine Drive Vancouver

Site of White Spot restaurant and the chain’s former headquarters and distribution centre at 1126 Southeast Marine Drive, Vancouver. (Google Maps)

The existing building spanning a floor area of about 60,000 sq. ft. was built in 1958, and up until very recently also served as the headquarters office and distribution centre for the restaurant chain. Two years ago, the company moved its headquarters to a new building located just to the west at 8223 Sherbrooke Street.

And now, the restaurant is also set to vacate the premises to make way for the redevelopment. A representative with the restaurant told Daily Hive Urbanized this restaurant’s final day of operations is scheduled for April 10, 2021.

As one of White Spot’s oldest locations, it is also amongst the few remaining restaurants in BC that offer carhop service, where a server brings food to people waiting in their cars.

white spot 1126 Southeast Marine Drive Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 1126 Southeast Marine Drive, Vancouver. (TKA+D Architecture/Hato Holdings)

white spot 1126 Southeast Marine Drive Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 1126 Southeast Marine Drive, Vancouver. (TKA+D Architecture/Hato Holdings)

The application to the municipal government calls for a pair of wholesale industrial buildings up to three storeys, containing 134,421 sq. ft. of total floor area.

Vehicle parking and loading will be located within an underground level, on the ground level, and on a second level. A vehicle bridge connects the second levels of both buildings.

white spot 1126 Southeast Marine Drive Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 1126 Southeast Marine Drive, Vancouver. (TKA+D Architecture/Hato Holdings)

white spot 1126 Southeast Marine Drive Vancouver

Artistic rendering of 1126 Southeast Marine Drive, Vancouver. (TKA+D Architecture/Hato Holdings)

The closure of this White Spot restaurant is not to be confused for the chain’s other restaurant along the Marine Drive corridor at 1041 Sothwest Marine Drive, within the Coast Hotel near the Arthur Laing Bridge.

Last fall, White Spot also closed its highly prominent location at 1616 West Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver. This restaurant location was acquired by Carnival International Holdings for $245 million, and there are plans to redevelop the property into a pair of towers reaching a height of up to 385 units with 38 storeys, containing 455 upscale condominium homes.

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