Nordstrom to Rack up Staten Island site

A Nordstrom Rack store

The big retailer will open a 34,000-square-foot store from its off-price arm at the city’s first outlet mall, which is scheduled to bow in 2016 with a roster of over 100 retailers.

Get ready for some serious discount shopping, on Staten Island of all places!

Nordstrom Rack, the off-price division of Seattle-based department store Nordstrom Inc., plans to open a store at the borough’s Empire Outlets. The 34,000-square-foot outpost will be the first Staten Island location for the company, which also operates Rack stores in Union
Square and downtown Brooklyn. The planned Staten Island mall will make its bow in the fall of 2016 with a roster of about 100 retailers—that now includes Nordstrom Rack.

“We’ve been focused on finding the best locations across New York City,” explained Geevy Thomas, Nordstrom Rack president, in a statement, noting that the new spot a stone’s throw from the Staten Island Ferry terminal, “will combine great retail, entertainment and restaurants.” Next door will be the world’s largest Ferris wheel—at 630 feet tall—and nearby will be a new hotel, along with 40,000 square feet of restaurant space, as well as the home of the Bronx bombers’ minor league team, the Staten Island Yankees.

The announcement of the new store on Staten Island comes four years after Nordstrom entered the New York City market by leasing space for Rack in Union Square. Additional locations in Brooklyn and Queens will open this fall. Manhattan’s first, full-priced Nordstrom should open at 225 W. 57th St. in 2018. Nordstrom paid $102.5 million for the West 57th Street site last year.

The new Rack on Staten Island will be two-levels and anchor the 350,000-square-foot complex now under development by BFC Partners. Many in Staten Island believe the store, and the entire project, will be a major draw for shoppers and tourists to a borough that until now has boasted few destinations.

“For the first time, Staten Islanders, New Yorkers and visitors from both the U.S. and abroad, will have the opportunity to shop at New York City’s first outlet center,” said Joseph Ferrara, a BFC principal, in a statement.