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If you believe The New York Post, Nordstrom is practically a lock for the incoming skyscraper at 225 W. 57th Street. The paper reports that the Seattle department store "is finally near a deal" for the midtown space, which is about a block from the location where Nordstrom was rumored to be opening last month.
Fashion acolytes treat Nordstrom's arrival the way certain cult members treat the apocalypse: It will come, it will change everything, and if it doesn't get here on the scheduled date, well, clearly that's our fault for getting the calculations wrong. This latest rumor does have some credence to it. Nordstrom requires a lot of space, more than is generally available in Manhattan retail locations, and at 225 W. 57th, it could potentially take up several floors.
Explains the Post: "The swanky flagship could account for as much as a quarter of the development's total floor space which, according to property records, could span more than 800,000 square feet."
Nordstrom didn't respond to the Post's requests for comment, and a rep would tell us only that they'll be in touch when there's news to announce. And today's Women's Wear Daily tosses a bucket of cold water on the fever dreams of midtown shoppers, pointing out that Nordstrom has a history of approaching deals and then backing away. "The retailer declined to comment," they report, "and sources said no deal has been signed."
· Nordstrom flagship planned for 57th Street [NYP]
· Nordstrom Still Teasing Manhattan With a Potential Store [Racked NY]
· Nordstrom Search for Manhattan Flagship Continues [WWD]