|Used with permission from IBJ|
OK, yes, that thought does make me want to stomp my feet and pout my bottom lip, but I'm afraid this morning's breaking news that Indy's downtown Nordstrom is closing is more than just a blow to we downtown gals with a taste for the finer things.
First of all, the 210,000 square-foot vacancy Nordstrom will leave behind on July 31 will only magnify the empty 22,000 square-foot former-Borders space just across the street. This means two of our downtown's most dominant retail spaces are empty and the third is occupied by the utterly poor excuse of a department store that is Carson Pirie Scott. So, when all those folks travel from around the country to visit Indianapolis for the Super Bowl, not only will Indianapolis appear unsophisticated in a retail sense but also rather desolate.
Nordstrom execs cite poor sales as the reason for closing the downtown store, explaining that sales halved with the opening of the Fashion Mall location. In other words, the north side is where the party is at, as far as shopping. Now, in what town is downtown such a fashion wasteland that anything more pricey than Forever 21 simply can't survive?
Surely, not ours. Fearing how the retreat of these important retailers reflects poorly on our fair city here are my official suggestions/fantasies: Zara? TopShop? Target? Can we get a gosh darn IKEA? Canton, Michigan has one for goodness sake. Never heard of Canton before? Most people haven't. Consider that.
Admittedly, as a downtown resident and employee my ambitions for downtown's greatness aren't entirely selfless. I'd love to spend my happy hour browsing a sidewalk sale on my way to the latest inspired cocktail spot (and we're getting there, as The Libertine is about to open across the street from IBJ's offices, yay!) but losing Nordstrom before Borders' corpse is cold is a step backward any way you slice it.
Come on, peeps, let's make a stink. The last thing we need is another Macy's.