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The New York Times has a story about Nordstrom “will open its first full-line store in Manhattan, a sleek, three-floor home to men’s clothing, shoes and grooming supplies at 57th Street and Broadway.” It is, the story says, “an inauspicious time for retailers,” as Nordstrom’s department store “competitors are selling off or converting some of their grandest stores, not building new ones,” and “the city’s toniest shopping strips, in SoHo and on Madison Avenue, have been littered with empty store fronts.”

It better work - Nordstrom plans to open an even larger women’s store nearby late next year.

The new men’s store, the story says, is going to be heavy on service: “If a customer needs a tie at 2 in the morning, he can order it online and a Nordstrom employee will meet him at a store entrance — no matter the hour. Returns can be made by simply scanning an item at a digital kiosk and depositing it in a bin — no human interaction needed.”

And there will be much more. You can read about it here.
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