Shoppers looking forward to opening of Nordstrom Rack

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SARASOTA - Suncoast shoppers are eagerly awaiting the opening of a Nordstrom Rack store at the Shoppes at University Town Center.

Nordstrom Rack gave us an exclusive sneak peek into their new store on Tuesday. We had the first look at the rows and rows of designer handbags, shoes, and clothing that range from 30-70% off.

“When the opportunity came up to fit into this store here at University Town Center, we just knew it really fit the bill, and we're excited to be serving more customers closer to home,” says Nordstrom PR manager Nicole Munson.

Nearby Lakewood Ranch is one of the most rapidly developing areas on the Suncoast. And with the new shopping mall across University Parkway opening in nearly a year and the endless stores and restaurants in University Town Center, Nordstrom Rack fits in perfectly.

“We have been waiting and waiting for the grand opening. We're excited for Thursday, and I work right across the street so we know on lunch hours where we're gonna go,” said future customer Kari Boise.

The layout of the new store features easy-to-see signage, and is simple to navigate whether you're looking for apparel, home, beauty, jewelry, shoes, or accessories.

“Customers can expect to find full-line transfers into the store as well as products from brands that they know and love from the Nordstrom stores that are bought directly for Nordstrom Rack,” says Munson.

Customer service is the Rack's main priority. If you are a shopper on a mission they have mobile POS systems to check out anywhere in the store, a Nordstrom Rack app to find out the latest products that have arrived in your local store, and on-site tailoring.

“Our customers can expect to find great treasures here,” says Munson.

Thursday morning at 8:00 they will be raffling away thirty $100 gift cards, and at 8:25, one lucky winner will win a $1,000 shopping spree and thirty minutes early access into the store.

The store is located just west of I-75 on the north side of University Parkway, next to Total Wine.