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Shop Around: Nordstrom’s division looking at Columbia’s Harbison area

krupon@ thestate.com (803) 771-8308November 14, 2013 

Nordstrom Rack is eyeing the Harbison area for a potential store, according to site plans obtained by The State.

The Seattle-based retailer describes itself as the off-price division of retailer Nordstrom, offering 30 percent to 70 percent savings off regular prices for clothes, accessories and shoes.

“The Rack is designed to provide the ultimate treasure hunt to style-savvy customers,” the company says in press materials.

The store is looking to locate in what is currently a Barnes & Noble store at 278-A Harbison Blvd., in Columbia, according to the leasing company’s site plans. Barnes & Noble is closing that store by the end of the year.

A Nordstrom spokeswoman said Thursday the retailer has not “announced” any plans for a Columbia location.

However, the company announced plans Monday to locate its first S.C. Rack outlet in Greenville’s Magnolia Park shopping center. That 32,000-square-foot store will open next fall, meaning a Columbia store also could be a year away. The Harbison spot that Rack reportedly is looking at is roughly 27,000 square feet.

Apple store opening in Columbia?

Rumors are circulating that an Apple store might be opening in the Columbia area.

Some media outlets report that an outlet – selling the company’s popular products, including iPads and iPhones, and providing technical help – is advertising for jobs in the Columbia area on its website. However, a job search on the website is unclear about whether those jobs are for the Columbia area.

Patrick Palmer, a broker with NAI Avant, said his company has recruited Apple heavily over the years, adding Columbiana Centre in the Harbison area has been mentioned as a potential site for a store. However, Columbia was not on Apple’s priority list a year ago. Instead, the company considered Columbia a longer term market.

Apple likely will come to Columbia at some point, Palmer said. But he thinks the company is more likely to look at an area closer to downtown, such as the Vista, when it gets serious about opening a store here.

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