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.