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Shop Talk: Nordstrom Rack Lands in the Big Apple... United Nude's U.S. Debut

Consumers packed Nordstrom Rack during its debut last week.

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Nordstrom Rack Lands in the Big Apple

The retail scene in New York’s Union Square got a lot more crowded last week.

On Tuesday, shoppers flocked to the opening of Nordstrom Rack, and lines formed outside of the store throughout the day. When Footwear News arrived at 7:30 p.m., the shoe department — which consisted of about 25 aisles of merchandise — was crowded with consumers.

Shopper Summer Benton was feeling the stress of opening day. “It’s a little bit of madness, but it seems like they have a large selection of designer footwear,” she said.

Rebecca Lizarraga, who traveled from the Upper East Side, was in search of something specific: Sam Edelman flats. Lizarraga had picked out three pairs, but said she wasn’t completely besotted with the store. “I thought [it] was going to be bigger,” she said.

In addition to Sam Edelman, the women’s footwear assortment included Steve Madden and Jessica Simpson, priced from $40 to $100, as well as higher-end names such as Stuart Weitzman, Donald J Pliner, DVF and Badgley Mischka, which were in the $140 to $200 price range.

Other retailers in the area clearly took notice of Nordstrom’s arrival. Down the block, DSW offered a free-shoe giveaway every half hour on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

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