The new Nordstrom at the Tacoma Mall is open. Crowds of shoppers packed the parking lots and the mall entrance in anticipation of the updated department store.
It was worth it. Shoppers declared the new store "beautiful" and way overdue for the South Sound.
“We think it’s awesome,” said Nancy Lentgis of Olympia. “It’s been a long time coming for this area.”
Lentgis said the store feels more contemporary and has more choices for shoppers. She was shopping with friend Teri Girard for shoes for an upcoming wedding.
Indeed, the store is bright with new light fixtures and merchandise displays. The makeup counters are lower and more spread out, giving shoppers a better view of the merchandise.
All of the women’s clothing is collected on the second floor with men’s and kids’ still on the first.
So many people showed up for the opening that I had to park across the street. The store was packed with hundreds of shoppers taking in the new design. I checked out the most important departments first: shoes and cosmetics.
The shoe department includes lots of new designers that weren’t at the other store.
I admired, twice, a pair of burgundy patent leather Paul Green shoes that sell for $275. Rows of boots lined the entrance. The hosiery department is collected on the opposite side of the store, with a large tights selection. (I bought two pairs.)
The cosmetics department was overflowing with customers and employees, who were eager to give demonstrations of the products.
I got a quick primer on the pressed powered at the Nars counter. (I bought eye shadow in black and white.) I think much of the excitement for the new store came from the employees, who were thrilled to have a shiny new place to work each day.
The new store is 138,000 square feet. The original Nordstrom at Tacoma Mall opened in 1966 just down the mall and is now closed for business. It will be home to new stores and restaurants when the mall renovates that wing of the shopping center.