Friday, February 02, 2018
SHOCK!!! RETAIL BORDER WAR TURNABOUT: NORDSTROM DITCHES OAK PARK MALL FOR KANSAS CITY COUNTRY CLUB PLAZA!!! IS THIS JOHNSON COUNTY SHOPPNG CENTER FAVORITE SOON TO CLOSE???
An EPIC shift in middle-class luxury shopping occurred today and shakes the confidence of suburban denizens whilst boosting the fortunes of Kansas City's top shopping destination.
Nordstrom Announces Relocation Of Oak Park Mall Store To Country Club Plaza
Nordstrom, Inc. today announced plans to relocate its Oak Park Mall store in Overland Park, Kansas, to Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Missouri. The new, approximately 116,000-square-foot store is expected to open in 2021. Nordstrom will continue serving customers at its current location in Oak Park Mall until it relocates.
"We've been fortunate to be able to serve our customers in this market at Oak Park Mall for the past 20 years and look forward to offering them a new shopping experience at Country Club Plaza," said Jamie Nordstrom, president of stores for Nordstrom. "Kansas City continues to be a terrific market for us. We want to grow our business here, which means we need to invest in bringing our customers the best we have to offer when it comes to both our digital capabilities and our physical locations. By building a new store, we're excited to provide a new experience that makes shopping with us even more convenient."
This one contradicts conventional thinking for a lot of reasons but mostly this . . .
Local haters can't claim that "hoodrats" killed Oak Park Mall because the move puts this retailer right in the heart of the ongoing violent teen crime crisis that has impacted KCMO's premier entertainment district for nearly a decade.
Even more dire for residents of the vast cultural wasteland that is Johnson County - This signals an ongoing move toward urban upscale as the "inner-suburbs" copes with more crime, failing infrastructure and fewer resources.
Worst of all: Oak Park Mall isn't looking for a new anchor tenant.
And so, our blog community wonders . . .
IS THIS THE DEATH RATTLE FOR OAK PARK MALL NOW THAT THEIR FANCIEST RETAILER ABANDONS THE SHOPPING CENTER???
You decide . . .