Confirmed: Nordstrom Rack Opening at 1800 L Street

After a year of emptiness, the massive corner space will soon be filled.

The future home of Nordstrom Rack. Photograph by Diana Elbasha.

Since the Borders at 1800 L Street, Northwest, closed last year, we’ve kept a watchful
eye on the 35,000-square-foot space—just a block away from
Washingtonian’s HQ—to find out what would take its
spot. It’s been a while, but much to the excitement
of Shop Around (and the dismay of our bank accounts), the rumor
we reported
in June

has been confirmed:
Nordstrom Rack will be our new neighbor.

We’re hopeful the discount retailer will enjoy a better life than Filene’s Basement,
the similar concept that once existed less than a block away from the upcoming Nordy’s
but closed in 2011. The huge store, which offers designer clothing and accessories
at deeply cut prices, is slated to open this spring, though there’s no word yet on
exactly when. Renovations began in October, but so far the empty space hasn’t shaped
up to much. We’re keeping an eye out; stay tuned for updates on the progression of
our new lunch break spot—er, shopping destination.