There’s a Nordstrom Rack Coming to Penn Quarter This Fall

Photograph of the L Street Nordstrom Rack by Caroline Cunningham.

Washington may be a wealthy city, but that doesn’t mean fast fashion and discount chains have no place here—in recent years, bargain shops like Forever 21 and H&M have even invaded Georgetown, DC’s long-established posh retail headquarters. Fast fashion has exploded nationally, and we’ve seen the affects locally: affordable retailers like H&M, Forever 21, and Nordstrom Rack have seen huge expansion in DC in the past few years.

This fall, Nordstrom Rack will add to their total Washington-area square footage—413,550 square feet spread over 12 locations, at our last count—when they open a Nordstrom Rack in Penn Quarter. The new, 37,000 square-foot Nordstrom Rack will reside just over a mile from Nordstrom Rack’s other downtown location on L Street, offering the 30 to 70 percent off regular prices that shoppers have come to expect from the less-expensive Nordstrom chain.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to open this location in downtown Washington DC, an area with great retail, historic and cultural activities, hotels and restaurants,” said Geevy Thomas, president of Nordstrom Rack, in a press release. “We look forward to opening our doors and hope this new location will allow us to better serve customers in the area.”

The new Nordstrom Rack will be spread over two stories, and it’s slated to open in Fall 2016 at 555 12th Street, NW.

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Caroline Cunningham joined Washingtonian in 2014 after moving to the DC area from Cincinnati, where she interned and freelanced for Cincinnati Magazine and worked in content marketing. She currently resides in College Park.