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NATICK, MA-Nordstrom Inc. is planning to open its first Greater Boston area store in the Natick Mall. The Seattle-based specialty retailer will lease 144,000 sf for a two-level store which is tentatively scheduled to open fall 2006 or spring 2007.

The company says it had been actively seeking a site for a full-line store in the Greater Boston community for more than 20 years. “We’ve been looking for the right opportunity to open a store in this community even before we started doing business on the East Coast in 1988,” says Blake Nordstrom, president of Nordstrom. Currently, the closest Nordstrom for Greater Boston is in Providence, RI. “The Natick mall expansion will offer customers an even stronger mix of retailers and restaurants, both key elements to a successful shopping center.”

Nordstrom, which has 149 US stores in 27 states, is the first retailer that is officially part of the $450-million Natick Mall expansion. General Growth Properties, which owns and developed the current 1.6-million-sf site, is in the process expanding it to a two-million-sf shopping center.

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