Nordstrom Rack to open at Colonie Center

nordstrom rack exterior sign

Nordstrom announced Wednesday that it's opening one of its Nordstrom Rack stores at Colonie Center in fall 2015. The company says it will be a two-level store -- roughly 35,000 square feet (roughly the same size as the new Whole Foods there) -- and it sounds like it will be in the same end of the mall as Sears.

Nordstrom Rack is the discount outlet for the upscale department store chain. The company says Rack offers "customers a wide selection of on-trend apparel, accessories and shoes at an everyday savings of 30-70 percent off regular prices."

As it happens, there are more Nordstrom Racks (162) than full Nordstroms (118). And the Colonie Center is one of 22 Nordstrom Rack locations the company has announced it plans to open in 2015.

It's interesting to us that, for whatever reason, the Capital Region appears to be getting attention from higher-end retailers over the last few years. Fresh Market has two locations in the region, Whole Foods opened earlier this year, Lord & Taylor returned at Crossgates just recently, and now (the not-quite-so-high-end-version of) Nordstrom.

We're curious if that points to something shifting in the demographics of this area. (More high-income households because of the nano/chip fab industry, maybe?) Or is it just that these upscale retailers have already expanded everywhere else and they're just getting around to the Capital Region.

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photo courtesy of Nordstrom, Inc.

Comments

And someday soon, one of these civic-minded popular stores will nut-up and anchor the turnaround of downtown.

I am so excited. I literally gasped out loud at this news.

SQUEEE! Oh the happiness. I can't wait to dive into the shoe section!

Ok, I am officially happy. Happy happy joy joy!

Changes in demographics as well as improvements in distribution channels make it more appealing and easier for high end stores and shops to come to areas like ours.

It would be beneficial to begin planting these popular draws in other geographic areas of Albany though. Particularly with the convention center being built downtown. That area needs a lot more work if they want to compete with other cities for convention business. If I'm planning a conference or trade show, why would I come to Albany? Even if they give me bargain incentive rates, I would get many more attendees and exhibitor dollars if I go to a city that has a plethora of things to do in close proximity.

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