Shoppers excited about new retail options in Louisville


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on January 23, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 23 at 7:37 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- In the last couple of  years Louisville has seen a number of new stores pop up across town,  from Trader Joe's to Nike to Urban Outfitters. The year 2013 is starting off with buzz over more fashion retail giants possibly calling Louisville home. 

It is a retail corridor nearing Mall St. Matthews that is booming with new activity, a new Cinemark Theatre, Trader Joe's and Nike. But now there is word the retail picture for 2013 is about to get a lot brighter.

Fashionistas have been buzzing that a Nordstrom Rack, the retail version of the Seattle-based company's high end store, could be looking to open in Louisville.

Hagan Properties, which owns Shelbyville Road Plaza, is not denying those rumors, but Tommy Edwards a spokesperson for the company said, "we do not have a lease signed with Nordstrom rack."

Hagan Properties knows a thing or two about wooing in a popular chain, they landed Trader Joe's here in October 2011. The company is optimistic about 2013.

"In general, the retail outlook looks very promising for the upcoming year. We are going to take advantage of every opportunity that comes our way," Edwards said.

Nordstrom's spokesperson Colin Johnson says he cannot talk about anything definitively at this point but says "we are open to looking at what might be possible in Louisville to better serve our customers."

Bobby Mann thinks Louisville is ready for a bigger chain to settle in.

"These major department stores have realized that they have saturated these big cities and they are looking for other markets to increase their sales," Bobby Mann said.

There were reports that H&M, a Swedish clothing chain, was eyeing a location at either Oxmoor or Mall St Matthews, but a spokesperson for both malls says she doesn't have anything to report about any new stores coming in.

It is hard not to notice the changes already happening at Mall St. Matthews where a ten screen Cinemark Theatre is under construction. All the shopping possibilities is music to the ears of shoppers.