With or Without Ivanka Trump, Nordstrom Rack is Coming to Baltimore City

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A rendering of Canton Crossing.

Nordstrom Rack is coming to Canton next year.

The Seattle-based Nordstrom department store chain today announced plans to open one of its off-price Nordstrom Rack stores as part of the next phase of The Shops at Canton Crossing, a four-year-old shopping center at 3501 Boston Street in Canton.

The 32,500-square-foot store will be the first Nordstrom Rack in Baltimore City and the sixth in Maryland. Nordstrom said it’s scheduled to open in the fall of 2018 as part of the 90,000-square-foot Phase II section of the shopping center. Construction is expected to begin in November.

The store will join more than 30 existing retailers and restaurants at the shopping center, including Target, Harris Teeter, DSW, Ann Taylor Loft and Old Navy. Nordstrom operates four full-line stores in Maryland.

“We look forward to adding a Nordstrom Rack at Canton Crossing – a more convenient location for customers who live and work closer to downtown,” said Karen McKibbin, president of Nordstrom Rack, in the announcement. “We’re excited to bring the great Rack brands our customers expect at great prices when we open our doors in 2018.”

As the off-price retail division of Nordstrom Inc., Nordstrom Rack sells clothes, accessories and shoes at discounted prices. Nordstrom Rack merchandise comes from Nordstrom stores, its website and directly from brands that sell their goods through Nordstrom.

The Shops at Canton Crossing is a project of BCP Investors, a partnership comprising local developers Mark Sapperstein of 28 Walker Development, Doug Schmidt and Neil Tucker of Workshop Development and David Strouse of Birchwood Capital Partners.

“The Shops at Canton Crossing features more national retailers than any other shopping center venue in Baltimore City, and the addition of Nordstrom Rack will provide downtown residents, employees and visitors another highly-respected and recognized brand,” Sapperstein said in a statement.

In the announcement, Mayor Catherine Pugh complimented the shopping center’s growth. “Canton Crossing’s ability to attract national retailers is a clear indication of not just the success of the project, but the potential of the Baltimore market.”

The new store will also bring new jobs to the city, noted Baltimore Development Corporation president and CEO William H. Cole. “The continued growth of the Boston Street corridor with retail and residential projects demonstrates the City’s ongoing renaissance,” he said.

Nordstrom gained attention this month when it disclosed that it would no longer carry merchandise from Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter, due to slow sales.

Donald Trump’s tweet stating he felt Nordstrom’s decision was “terrible” led to a sales boom for the company. Celebrities such as Chelsea Handler, Rosie O’Donnell, Michael Moore, Kristen Davis, Mia Farrow, Judd Apatow, George Takei and RuPaul, among others, endorsed the chain and encouraged fans to shop there.

Their messages, in turn, helped cause the company’s stock to surge and prompted other retailers to drop Ivanka Trump-branded merchandise.

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