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Nordstrom Rack to take over vacant Borders store

By Kevin Kelley

Nordstrom Rack, an discount store owned by high-scale retailer Nordstrom, will open at the former Borders at Promenade shopping center in Westlake, the company announced Tuesday. The approximately 34,000 square-foot store is scheduled to open fall 2013.

Nordstrom Rack sells merchandise from Nordstrom stores and at 50 to 60 percent off original Nordstrom prices.

The new store will be the second Nordstrom Rack in Northeast Ohio, joining an existing store at Legacy Village in Lyndhurst.

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to better serve Cleveland’s west side community with our new Rack at Crocker Park,” said Geevy Thomas, president of Nordstrom Rack. “We’re looking forward to getting our doors open next fall so that we can start taking care of those customers in a location that’s more convenient for them.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome Nordstrom Rack to the Promenade at Crocker Park,” said Robert Stark, chief executive officer of Stark Enterprises, owner and operator of Crocker Park. “This addition furthers our commitment to provide a variety of nationally known retailers to our community which offers residents and guests easy access to the goods and services so important to their lifestyles.”

In June, Crocker Park officials requested that the building containing Bed, Bath & Beyond and the vacant Borders store be rezoned from the business shopping center category to planned unit development, the zoning category used for Crocker Park. The Promenade, which was built before Crocker Park, has been zoned under the business shopping category.

Under the rezoning request, the Borders building strip would become part of what city planners and Crocker Park officials call Block K of the lifestyle center.

Under their plans, the back portion of the soon-to-be Nordstrom Rack store will be expanded.

Above the back section of the store, Stark Enterprises plans to build four stories containing 22 residential units that it intends to rent as apartments. Just east of that will be a T-shaped hotel building with space for retail and restaurants slated for the first floor.

Because a portion of the planned apartments will be built in what is now a zoned shopping district, the rezoning must be approved by voters this November. The City Charter requires any rezoning that allows multifamily development be approved at the ballot box.





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