On Wednesday night I got the chance to ask Blake Nordstrom, co-president of Nordstrom with his brothers Erik and Jamie, about rumors of adding more Nordstrom stores in the Twin Cities.
As he rubbed elbows in the new Ridgedale store among a well-dressed crowd of dignitaries from the Pacer Center and the Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, I asked him about adding a full-line store in Rosedale and a Nordstrom Rack downtown.
Rosedale announced earlier this summer that it is proposing a two-story expansion in the northeast corner of the mall near J.C. Penney. The expansion includes space for a 140,000 square foot anchor, which is the same size as Nordstrom in the Minnetonka mall.
Nordstrom told me that his company is always looking for new opportunities, but that it took 23 years after they opened the Mall of America store before they found an opening in Ridgedale. (Macy's closing its Men + Home store opened up expansion possibilities at the center.)
But if officials at Rosedale are hopeful about being considered by the Seattle-based retailer, Nordstrom refused to throw them a lifeline. "I don't know of any activities or plans or that we're actively looking at Rosedale," he said.
He seemed more open about the possibility of opening a Nordstrom Rack in downtown Minneapolis. "We have more than 180 Racks open now, and we could have as many as 300 by 2020," he said. "Downtown Minneapolis is a very attractive location with a strong customer base," he said. "There are no plans yet but we have to look into it."
I reminded him that the Twin Cities has an east side too. The two full-line stores are in Bloomington and Minnetonka, and the three Racks are in Bloomington, Maple Grove and St. Louis Park.
St. Paul, Roseville, and Woodbury are just a few eastside options for a Nordstrom Rack.
The Ridgedale Nordstrom opens at 10 a.m. Friday, joining other new stores such as Athleta, Tommy Bahama, Hammer Made, Uptown Minnesota, Michael Kors, Johnston & Murphy, Disney Store and Banana Republic.