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.

The announcement:

Nordstrom Announces Relocation Of Oak Park Mall Store To Country Club Plaza

Deets:

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 . . .

45 comments:

Anonymous said...

Outstanding.

The only sad thing here is all of the real estate in and around Overland Park that's going to go up for sale at a deep discount this Spring and Summer.

Brookside Bob said...

I don't expect that their luck will be much better on the plaza. If anything this is a bad move for them.

Anonymous said...

that sucks. Their coffee shop is actually one of the best in Kansas City. At least they'll be closer to work now.

Damn.

Anonymous said...

Abandon Oak Park

Anonymous said...

Ten bucks says this move will never happen.

Col. Cyrus K. Holliday said...

Oh, it'll happen. But it won't do them any good. Have you been to Nordtrom??? There's only like three people shopping there at a time and two of them are old ladies who are just browsing. Eventually the whole operation is going to come upon a crisis. And their side business like the coffee shop, cafe and personal shoppers won't do as well on the Plaza where those services are much more entrenched.

Retro ROCKER said...

They want the tourist DOLLARS.

Anonymous said...

^^^ I'm with @ 5:34.
If they can't make it in Paradise, they sure as hell can't make at the Boontown Mall.
This is just a ploy to get their rent lowered at Oak Park.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait for the summer of 2021 when the flash mobs hit the plaza.

Anonymous said...

Yup, 25 million tourists dollars!

Anonymous said...

^^^ LOL!

Anonymous said...

Don’t worry, the coloreds will run them off after they break and steal everything

Anonymous said...

^^^ But the whites didn't help them and the mall is very diverse. Sorry old man 5:46. Looks like your shitty suburb is going the way of the dodo.

Anonymous said...

JUst like the Harley story people mot of the time think the closing is today. Harley is closing in 18-22 months. Nordstrom is moving in 36 months. When it actually happens then people will be in shock because they forgot about this hype story.

Trump 2020 said...

It'll be sooner than that. Nordstrom is already closing about an hour earlier than everything else in the mall. They obviously want out.

Anonymous said...

I don't believe for a minute that Nordstrom will abandon their customer base. If anything, they will probably move further south and west to avoid the influx of undesirables polluting their hallowed ground.

Anonymous said...

Stick a fork in the mall. It's done.

Anonymous said...

"violent teen crime crisis"

huh? The one you made up? That crisis?

Save KC said...

Hey asshole @6:15 - Go ask these people who were beaten if Tony just made it up.

Group of teens swarm theology students in violent attempted robbery outside Winstead’s near Plaza

You can stick your head in the sand when it comes to Kansas City crime but the rest of us are realistic about it's impact.

Sorry you failed as a report but social media and yes even blogs are taking the place of the politically correct news. I can only thank the local fox station for at least being honest most of the time.

Anonymous said...

I think the mall should look for a new tenant. There is a lot of good stuff happening at Oak Park and I think security does a great job of keeping people safe. It would be a shame if the whole mall went south.

I don't begrudge Nortstrom's their decision but there isn't any doubt that the retail market in Johnson County is much bigger.

Anonymous said...

Are you nuts?

I live in JoCo but there are just way more tourists coming to the Plaza. And the streetcar is on the way. This is definitely the right move.

Anonymous said...

Brick and mortar is dying.

You heard it here first.

Goodnight gracie said...

^^^ +100

Anonymous said...

It is racist and politically incorrect to try to prevent flash mobs at the plaza.

Anonymous said...

The fact that Winsteads has two off duty cops running the door says it all.

Anonymous said...

I hope Nordstrom’s has good loss prevention people and that they are armed.

Anonymous said...

Oak Park has been on the way out for years. The neighborhood has gone section 8 and Prairie Fire is much cleaner, easier and SAFER. In the 70's/80's Oak Park Mall was one of the best in the country. Not anymore. We all know why.

Anonymous said...

I thought the Plaza was done? I thought nobody goes to the Plaza? I thought the Plaza was unsafe? You pants-shitting goons have absolutely no idea what the fuck you are talking about. You people are the dumbest mofo’s I’ve ever seen

Anonymous said...

Shhh. Nurse will be by with the meds shortly. Please don't skip doses anymore, your obsessions trouble the other patients.:)

KC consultant cuckold said...

Big win for Kansas City today! We're making a comeback! Next year 30 million tourists? Maybe?

Anonymous said...

People still use malls? Lol!

Anonymous said...

I use malls all the time. No better place to pick up a hot young slut and fuck her hard.

Anonymous said...

^^^ Another good reason to avoid the mall. Why wait for this lose to oogle your daughter.

Security might be good but the mall is full of creeps like this one.

Matt Galvin said...

Entertainment or none retail to replace it. Theirs a lot of Retail not in OP or KC yet that can replace it.

Anonymous said...

nordstrum's and the plaza could really help each other out. sounds like a great idea.

Anonymous said...

Go to Oak Park on a Saturday night and you'll see its slow march to becoming Bannister Mall. There are a lot of carjacking the mall and city keep out of the news. The apartments to the west and duplexes to the northeast are ghetto. Diversity is going to kill the mall. Diversity shoots people. Diversity carjacks people. Diversity doesn't have disposable income to spend at the mall. Diversity walks around in packs and fucks with the people that do have disposable income and drives them away.

Anonymous said...

Take your word on it. Diversity has destroyed America. As a Geezer... I worked at the mall in my teens, lived in the apartments nearby after I left the Army and have watched it turn into the shithole that the area is now. Be honest, we all know the truth. Nobody really shops there that doesn't have to. Rapes, robberies,carjacking... Snatch and graps.

Anonymous said...

This was a smart move for Nordstrom. They will get more business and a higher profile. The mall is going down hill. A big win for Kansas City today.

Anonymous said...

So Nordstrom (if) replacing Halls is a win? No fucking way.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who has shopped at a Nordstrom in another city will tell you that the one in the KC metro is second rate whether it’s located in Oak Park or on the Plaza. Sadly, brick and mortar retailers are dying a little more each day, and in another three years, I wouldn’t be surprised if Nordstrom leaves KC completely just like Saks did.

Georgia said...

Internet shopping is just so much easier, I wonder why anybody bothers to go to the mall anymore. It's not just the silly fear over minorities. I'm usually more disturbed by the really horrible customer service and rude people who inhabit the mall. The sense of entitlement is palpable.

Anonymous said...

^^^^You get shitty service because you’re a shitty person. Deal with that!

Anonymous said...

Section 8 turds keep the city in flux, no nice area stays that way.

Tracy Thomas said...

Hey, 9:53--how about this alternative on the Plaza--INSTEAD of replacing Hall's--

The release claims Nordstrom's will build 126,000 square feet.
That's huge. So they want to be as far away from the movie theatres as possible--OR--think outside the box:
TEAR DOWN THE MOVIE THEATRES ENTIRELY AND BUILD NORDSTROM'S THERE!!!

Eliminate the entertainment tenant that draws the marauding gangs of urban yutes...

AMC and KCPD have tried enforcing the curfew--it's a big expensive mess that just sends a message to old white folk--this place ain't real safe.

Cops sit in the hallways and lounges by concession stands and the ticket entrance points, and the back door to parking lot, and the bathrooms. They must ID young people, who cannot be at the AMC on the Plaza after 6pm now, unless accompanied by someone over 21. The Designated Chaperone--could be for a whole busload of bored and broke kids.

So, stop trying to entertain idle youth on the Plaza, period. If you build it--a Nordstroms--"they" older whiter richer women will come, instead.

Tracy Thomas said...

correction, typo, sorry:
116,000 square feet.