Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom will open stores in the fall of 2018 in a 700,000-square-foot enclosed shopping center being developed by General Growth Properties Inc. in Norwalk, Conn.
Both retailers indicated they will create three-level, 150,000 square-foot units.
“Our goal is to provide a unique shopping destination that serves as a gathering place for great retail, dining and entertainment,” said Sandeep Mathrani, chief executive officer of GGP, who added that the shopping center would complement existing merchants in South Norwalk and attract new customers.
“This is our only brand-new, ground-up development,” said Kevin Berry, GGP’s vice president of investor relations. GGP does have several expansion projects happening, including adding 660,000 square feet to the Ala Moana Center in Honolulu and 200,000 square feet to the Baybrook Mall south of Houston.
Asked about competition in the Norwalk area, Berry said, “There is none. It’s a complete hole in the marketplace. The nearest retailing is in Greenwich, seven miles away and there are some small shops in South Norwalk. In terms of shopping malls, there are none in the area.” The nearest would be the Stamford Town Center eight miles away, and after that, the Westfield Trumbull, 13 miles away, Berry said.
The Norwalk mall, which has yet to be named, will also include 250,000 to 300,000 square feet for specialty stores.
Norwalk will be the 41st Bloomingdale’s location. Currently there are 37, but new Bloomingdale’s are scheduled to open in fall 2015 in Ala Moana in Honolulu; in fall 2016 in the Mall at Miami Worldcenter in Miami, and in fall 2017 in Westfield Valley Fair shopping center in San Jose, Calif.
In Norwalk, Bloomingdale’s will employ approximately 200 associates and sell women’s apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty, men’s, kids and home.
“This spectacular new shopping center will be a distinctive and upscale destination for Fairfield County and surrounding areas, prominently positioned at I-95 and Highway 7,” said Tony Spring, chairman and ceo of Bloomingdale’s.
Norwalk will be Nordstrom’s second full-line store in Connecticut. The first opened in 1997 near Hartford at Westfarms Mall in Farmington. “We’re glad we have an opportunity to serve our existing Fairfield County customers closer to home as well as customers new to Nordstrom in a compelling, new retail destination,” said Jamie Nordstrom, president of stores for Nordstrom Inc.