Bloomingdale’s set to open Santa Monica showplace
New York City Bloomingdale’s will open its store in Santa Monica on Aug. 6. Fashioned after the company’s New York City’s Soho location, Bloomingdale’s Santa Monica, Calif., will anchor the Santa Monica Place shopping center located between the Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica pier.
“The opportunity to extend our brand in Southern California is exciting,” said Michael Gould, chairman and CEO of Bloomingdale’s. “We have designed a store that will provide a sophisticated shopping experience with the sensibility of a beach community and hope it will become Santa Monica’s newest neighborhood store.”
The new Bloomingdale’s occupies over 80,000 sq. ft. of selling space, and was designed to capture the diversity and culture of Santa Monica while adding a distinctive Bloomingdale’s presence.
“The renovation and restoration of the building was done in an effort to maintain the integrity of the space and respect for the environment. “We created a space which reflects the local beach community, but with a unique blend of luxe materials in new ways,” said Jack Hruska, executive VP creative services at Bloomingdale’s.
Harrods in talks to open Shanghai store
Shanghai London-based luxury department store retailer Harrods is said to be considering opening a store in Shanghai according to a Friday report by China Daily.
The paper said that Harrods is holding talks with the Shanghai municipal government on the opening of its first store outside the United Kingdom in the historic Bund area of Shanghai.
The proposed venture in China was initiated by managing director Michael Ward, according to the report. The plans, however, have yet to be confirmed.
Harrods was acquired on May 8 by Qatar Holdings for 1.5 billion pounds from Egyptian billionaire Mohammed al-Fayed.
Nordstrom Rack to open at Pacific Commons
Fremont, Calif. Seattle-based Nordstrom said Friday it will open a new Nordstrom Rack at Pacific Commons shopping center in Fremont, Calif.
The 34,710-sq.-ft. store is slated to open in spring 2011.
The section of Pacific Commons where the new Rack will be located features a retail lineup that includes Kohl’s, Old Navy and DSW, among others. Pacific Commons is an 839,000-sq.-ft. shopping center owned and operated by Catellus Development Group, a ProLogis company.
Nordstrom currently operates three stores in the East Bay Area, including a Rack in San Leandro and two Nordstrom stores located in Pleasanton and Walnut Creek.