Nordstrom Rack Opens Doors for Expansion

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EUGENE, Ore. — With Nordstrom Rack now officially open, every storefront at Oakway Center is leased for the first time since 2008.

All day people have been coming in and out of the new Nordstrom Rack. The new store has been quite the hit, bringing shoppers to Oakway, and as we learned Thursday, it could bring future development to Oakway.

During Nordstrom Rack’s opening day, hundreds of people headed to Oakway Center to check out the latest fashion. But before spending money inside, they were spending a few minutes outside searching for a place to park.

“Parking is a premium, you know, especially on days like today with the grand opening we have what we view from a code standpoint abundant parking,” said Steve Korth, Oakway Property Manager.

As excited as shoppers are, Nordstrom Rack is just as delighted to be open for business.

“When we opened the doors, we were greeted with excitement by a little over 500 customers, and we’re just excited to get to work earning their business,” said Nicole Munson, Nordstrom Rack Social Media Manager.

And when the store did open, every single space at Oakway Center is now leased out. It’s the first time the mall’s been completely full since before the recession hit, causing Oakway to think outside of the box for its future.

“One of the things for us is we’re looking at ways to expand what we do here, and one of the things we’re looking to do is a future mixed-use building which will increase ground floor retail and probably restaurant space,” Korth said.

And whether first in line or new to Nordstrom, those at the story Thursday in search of fashion say they found it.

“I’m very excited about this because there’s not a lot of places around here to shop, so it’s very nice to get a high quality store in this area, and I like grand opening events,” said shopper Ryan Loveless.

“Eugene is definitely growing, and I think it’s really impressive that we’re finally getting things like Nordstrom Rack. I hope we get an H&M soon, and it’s nice to have a little more diversity as far as when it comes to deals and shopping,” said shopper Carrie Boehm.

People seem to think more upscale shopping, like Nordstrom Rack, is something Eugene needs more of, and maybe a few additional parking spaces too. Oakway Center says it hopes to break ground on the new building by the beginning of 2015.

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