After months of planning, Nordstrom Rack is set to open in Burbank next week, joining Ashley Furniture and Burlington Coat Factory as new players in the city's retail mix.
Nordstrom Rack will open Oct. 21 in the Burbank Empire Center, taking over the space abandoned by Linens 'n Things in 2008. The 35,000-square-foot store will feature brand-name apparel, shoes and accessories at substantial discounts from their original Nordstrom prices.
Earlier this year, Burlington Coat Factory and Ashley Furniture HomeStore announced that before the end of the year they will move into the Burbank Town Center, occupying spaces vacated in 2008 by Mervyn's and Circuit City, respectively.
Burbank Deputy City Manager Joy Forbes said the arrival of the retailers portends good things for the retail economy — and for city finances.
"We're definitely happy that some of these bigger stores are getting filled up," Forbes said. "Through the (2009) holiday season we fared pretty well, and little boutiques and smaller retailers have held their end of the bargain. It makes the community seem more whole when you see these bigger sites fill with quality retailers."