SEATTLE-Locally based Nordstrom Inc. plans to relocate itsdowntown Seattle Nordstrom Rack from the Broadacres building at1601 Second Ave. at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Pine Street toWestlake Center. The relocated Nordstrom Rack is scheduled to openin spring 2012.

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Geevy Thomas, president of Nordstrom Rack points out that thenew location—entrance at the corners of Fifth and Pine Streets—willbe larger and will “offer our newest Rack design features and makeit easier for customers to shop both stores. Though we have afondness for our old home on Second Avenue, we hope to better servecustomers in the new store.”

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Although the old store was only 500 square feet less than thenew location, a source close to Nordstrom Rack tells GlobeSt.comthat the way the company builds stores today allows for less “backof the house” space, so “the new store will have 30% more sellingspace.” The relocated Rack will also have an entrance off theDowntown Seattle Transit Tunnel corridor at Westlake Station. Nofurther lease details were able to be disclosed at this time.

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Adam Metz, chief executive officer of New York City-basedGeneral Growth Properties, points out that Nordstrom Rack “is agreat addition to the merchandise line-up at Westlake Center.”

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The store will be below street grade in a single level space.The company says in a prepared statement that “locating the storein the heart of the retail core across the street from the downtownSeattle Nordstrom store will serve as an added convenience forcustomers who like to shop both locations.”

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