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Midtown is getting not one, but two Nordstrom department stores in the coming years. WWD reports that the Seattle-based retailer has signed for three floors and 43,000 square feet at 3 Columbus Circle, just a block west from where the 285,000-square foot store that we've been waiting on for about half a decade will be located. Why? Because 285,000 square feet wasn't enough.
"We are thrilled to be able to add square footage to our footprint for our future store in Manhattan," co-president Pete Nordstrom told the paper. "We believe it will allow us to amplify our offering, helping us put our best foot forward in the best retail city in the world."
If 3 Columbus Circle sounds familiar, that's because there were rumors of Nordstrom Rack moving into this space a few months back. An opening date for this location hasn't been set, meaning that it's unclear whether the two spaces will debut together in 2018.
Nordstrom also hasn't specified what type of merchandise they'll sell here, but WWD hypothesizes that the department store could be following in the footsteps of fellow retailers like Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue, both of which either set up or are setting up separate stores for menswear. (Crain's New York's sources say that it will indeed be for men's goods).
The midtown addition doesn't rule out the chance of a downtown store in the future — if that does ever materialize, though, it'll definitely be after these stores have opened.