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Friday, October 21, 2011
Nordstrom Rack - Tucson is in the big time now
Tucson is hitting the big
time you turn around, a new restaurant, retailer or national chain
operation is opening a branch here.Right
in the Old Pueblo, not the Capitol, Phoenix, the only recognized Arizona
territory in the rest of the country (well maybe to the Legislature here
too...), but in our own small big little city/town back yard.
First came KrispyKreme
Donuts and then In and Out Hamburgers, each opening to great hoopla and
creating huge traffic jams around their respective outlets.One thing Tucsonans do is come out...for anything
new or different...be it food or somewhere to shop.We're passionate about causes too, but we
love to eat and see and experience new things.
On October 13, Nordstrom
Rack opened to great fanfare and speculation.Everyone wondered.Will it be as
good as Nordstroms?
Will it be like that other big well-known wholesale off-rack retailer in town
that is still a little too pricey and somewhat too trendy for us?
Well, they were prepared,
magnificently.There had to have been 20
cashiers available, waving big flags the second they helped a customer, letting
shoppers know who was free immediately, so no one actually waited in a line.There was staff on the sales floor too,
actually doing things and offering help, now that's something you don't see
much of anymore. However, best of all was the range of merchandise and price
points.In addition, they had some
excellent buys. Versace's
Bright Crystal fragrance was selling for $39.99. Beautiful leather designer
handbags were half price.Every item of
apparel you could think of was there, including the basics the main store is
known for, at reasonable prices.
A second H & M opened
at the Park Place mall this week. The first one opened at Tucson Mall. The
retailer is well known and popular in Europe and in other states across the
East coast. Five Guys Burgers, another big East coast burger chain, opened here
recently. An incredible new restaurant, Brio, built its own
structure and opened this past year just outside the Tucson Mall.
The Old Pueblo is starting
to get the kind of variety that some of us used to drive to Phoenix to
experience.But, we're not Phoenix.Tucson is still the big, little town we all
know and love. Somehow, you get to know people here. It's a town that is
diverse, open, caring and populated with intelligent, thoughtful citizens that
are tolerant and accepting of newness, change, differences. We have everything
going for us here.
Come on over and bring your
business, the air's warm...but it's a dry heat and we love new places to