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New Nordstrom Rack Anchors FIGat7th in Downtown LA

Nordstrom Rack opens its new Downtown LA store this week inside the FIGat7th shopping center

This week is another exciting moment in the history of Downtown LA’s urban revitalization, especially as it pertains to our growing retail scene. Over at Brookfield-owned FIGat7th in the heart of DTLA’s Financial District, one of the biggest names in fashion retail, Nordstrom Rack, will be opening its doors for business this week, which will undoubtedly help pave the way for more high-quality retailers to take notice of Downtown LA.

Nordstrom Rack replaces the shuttered Sport Chalet¬†store located on the lower level next to Gold’s Gym as well as Taste Food Hall. At 27,000 square feet, the new clothing store has an industrial chic aesthetic that fits well with the burgeoning downtown setting. The store carries a wide variety of trendy and designer labels for both men and women—like John Varvatos, Opening Ceremony, and A.L.C.—at discounted prices from 30-70% off regular prices.

The new Nordstrom Rack will open its doors to the public this Thursday, Oct 26, and will become a solid new anchor for the FIGat7th shopping center, which has played a crucial role in generating the vibrant pedestrian foot traffic along Figueroa in the Financial District. For me, seeing stores like Nordstrom Rack opening in Downtown LA is another amazing sign that we are maturing into a strong urban center that can support both large and small businesses.

Standing inside Nordstrom Rack today, I couldn’t help but think of how far we have come. Back in 2004, I remember walking along a largely abandoned 7th Street and seeing nothing but liquor stores, vacant store fronts, and dilapidated fast food chains. Before there was Whole Foods, before there was even a Ralphs Fresh Fare, there was a time when there was absolutely nothing here. And now, I was standing in a store selling designer apparel. I certainly don’t take any of this for granted because I know it’s been such a long and hard fought journey to get here.

For store hours and other pertinent info, check out Nordstrom Rack online.

Nordstrom Rack opens its new Downtown LA store inside the FIGat7th shopping center

The new Nordstrom Rack store entrance at FIGat7th

Large windows beckon shoppers to enter the new Nordstrom Rack in Downtown LA

The new 27,000 square foot Nordstrom Rack in Downtown LA is industrial chic

Nordstrom Rack carries designer and trendy labels for women at discounted prices

Shoes, shoes, and more shoes for women

Nordstrom Rack carries designer and trendy labels for men

Designer and trendy labels for men at Nordstrom Rack

Nordstrom Rack in Downtown LA is industrial chic

Downtowners are excited to see Nordstrom Rack open its new store this week at FIGat7th

Accessories at the new Nordstrom Rack in Downtown LA

Designer labels for less at the new Nordstrom Rack in Downtown LA

Time to check out! (Parking validation is provided for customers who drive)

Nordstrom Rack is another strong anchor added to FIGat7th, helping to activate Figueroa in the Financial District

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6 Comments

  1. Unbelievable how far we have come from a totally dilapidated downtown of the 70’s. I remember seeing a sign back then on one of the first revitalization condo project near the freeway saying: “if you lived here, you’d be home now” But home to what? You didn’t really want to go out at night and there was little to go out to. All these improvements shows the results of the hard work of many dedicated and passionate people. Well done downtown LA!

  2. Carmen says

    I agree with Ken, I just wish we would stop getting these discount, last stop retailers. We have a gap outlet, a Burlington, Ross, and now a Nordstrom rack. Not the most desirable retailers, but at least it’s something.

  3. Gregorio Martinez says

    I disagree Carmen. I think we need these discount retail shops in this part of downtown. With there being the major Metro Stop and heavy foot traffic, this area is prime for certain retailers. I think the higher end retailers belong in the Broadway corridor and Arts District since those areas are best for trendy/money spending shoppers going from boutique stores to high end retailers.

  4. D. Jay says

    It’s inaccurate to say that “back in 2004, there was a time when there was absolutely *nothing* here.” People have always been coming to downtown and shopping here as well. You were able to get fresh produce and meat at the Grand Central Market before it became the glorified overpriced hipster transplant food court that it is now. A different demographic kept Broadway lively from the 1970s through the 1990s before they started getting displaced.

    And Brigham, when will you start talking about other developments in downtown LA instead of just the latest retail? For someone who’s supposedly involved in all things about living in DTLA, you’ve not even once mentioned the Budokan in Little Tokyo, or any suggestions on how to deal with the homelessness that’s prevalent in downtown LA (as well as every other community in SoCal), or any developments on housing the homeless.

    • John Lee says

      You can go to urbanize.la to get the latest development info in DTLA. That’s why Brigham don’t want to repeat that in here.

      Back to topic, great addition to DTLA. I wish Muji , Uniqlo would be next brand coming to DTLA.

      • D. Jay says

        Well then this blog should be renamed “DTLA Retail Rising,” because that’s all that is talked about here. More and more people are shopping online anyway, so let’s see how long these retail stores last.

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