It's been under construction for since last October, but Thursday Sept. 13 Manchester's new Nordstom Rack is opening for business at 9 a.m. at 100 Highlands Boulevard Drive. The 35,000 square-foot store is right next door to at the intersection of Manchester Road and Highland's Boulevard Drive.
"For us to land the store here at the Highlands is going to bode well for everyone, I think," Franz Kraintz, Manchester's director of planning, zoning and economic development, tells Patch. "We're glad to have them as a retailer here."
Kraintz also said he's hearing women in the community are happy the retailer has moved into the neighborhood.
"Obviously the Nordstom Rack is a pretty prominent name. it has a lot of cache , if you will, particularly for those who are into that kind of apparel which seems to be designer and high end."
Kendall Ault, spokesperson for Nordstrom Rack tells Town and Country - Manchester Patch this is the second Nordstrom Rack in the St. Louis area, with the first one opening in Brentwood Square in 2010.
"Nordstrom Rack is the off-price division of Nordstrom," Ault explained.
A news release states that the store offers "on-trend clearance merchandise from Nordstrom stores as well as items purchased specially for Nordstrom Rack."
The store also offers savings of 30 to 70 percent off of most of its designer merchandise. (Check back to Town and Country - Manchester Patch later this week for a sneak peek inside the store and a look at some of the store's merchandise.)
Ault said in addition to the now two Nordstrom Rack stores, St. Louis is also home to two Nordstrom stores. The West County Center location opened in 2002 and the St. Louis Galleria location opened in Sept., 2011.
"St. Louis has been such a great home to us since we first opened in 2002 in West County Center with our full-line store," Ault said. She said the success of the previous St. Louis stores was the reason behind this newest Manchester opening.
"We're hoping this new Manchester location will better help us serve our customers in that area. We just want to provide our customers with a more convenient way to shop with us."
The Manchester location will offer discounted brand-name apparel, shoes, more than 1,000 handbags, accessories, more than 2,000 men’s ties, on-site alterations, tens of thousands of pairs of shoes and cosmetics.
"We like to think that Nordstom Rack is the ultimate treasure hunt destination," Ault explained. "It's stuff that's 'on-trend,' so customers are going to find stuff they can buy now and wear now."
The store also offers mobile check-out devices.
Although the store opens Thursday at 9 a.m. for the grand opening, the Manchester Highlands Nordstrom Rack regular store hours are as follows.
- Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
On Thursday, 20 golden hangers will be hidden throughout the new store. Customers who find the golden hangers can redeem them for a $100 in-store purchase. Only one hanger can be redeemed per customer, plus clues will be given away on twitter (@Manchester_Rack) between 7-9 a.m. Thursday, prior to the opening.
Visit the stores website, to find more details on Nordstrom Rack and the oportunity to win a $2,000 shopping spree before the store opens Thursday.