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Friday, November 30, 2007

Nordstrom coming to Alabama

I went a little out of the Huntsville area today for this story, but the announcement that Nordstrom is coming to Riverchase Galleria in Hoover is something Alabama shoppers have been waiting for years to hear. The store is expected to open in 2012 (it's Nordstrom's tradition to announce stores years ahead) in the old Macy's anchor spot. With this announcement in Birmingham, expect to hear an announcement soon of a Nordstrom for Nashville (probably at Green Hills).

With all this said, is Nordstrom (or any other high-end department store) coming to Huntsville? I don't see them coming anytime soon. However, with the openings at Bridge Street, we will have an amazing amount of high-end retail that most cities of our size can only dream of. So maybe it won't be too far off.

There is one exception- Macy's. It is very possible that this chain will enter the Huntsville market in the next few years. Here are four spots that Macy's might move in:
  1. The former Belk anchor spot in Madison Square Mall
  2. Bridge Street (doubt this, but we'll hear soon about who really is going to be the still-unannounced large anchors)
  3. The DeBartolo Development at Zierdt/565
  4. Future expansion of Parkway Place

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