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Nordstrom Opening: What You Need to Know

Nordstrom Opening: What You Need to Know

Photo courtesy of The Rideau Centre

This week, Nordstrom will be opening their doors to the public after months of renovations at the Rideau Centre. The long awaited opening follows extensive staff training and preparations for the Pre-Opening Gala Celebration.

Ottawa isn’t the only lucky city, Nordstrom has already opened its doors in Calgary and is expected to methodically open new Canadian locations across the country. A Vancouver store is expected to open in September of 2015 and two stores are expected to open in Toronto, the first in the fall of 2016 and the second in the spring of 2017.

For shoppers who can’t wait to be the first to shop on the opening day, here’s what you need to know and the events you won’t want to miss!

Pre-Opening Gala Celebration:  Wednesday, March 4th at 7 PM

More than 1,800 shoppers will be the first to preview the new store at a gala to benefit the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation and United Way Ottawa. Nordstrom is picking up the ticket for the event and will fully underwrite the gala, so 100% of ticket sales, $180,000, will benefit the organizations. Gala goers can expect dinner and desserts, live entertainment by Toronto-based solo artist Sean Jones, and spring fashion presentations will provide a lively, colourful backdrop. Tickets have been sold out for weeks, so if you don’t have your ticket you’ll have to wait for opening day on the 6th of March to get through the front door.

Opening Day Beauty Bash:  Friday, March 6th, 7:30-9:30 PM

Can’t wait to get in the front door? The fun starts early. In addition to the excitement taking place inside the store, the outside of the store will also be a hot spot as Nordstrom will host a cosmetics and fragrance “Beauty Bash” at its mall entrance starting at 7:30AM.  Got a beauty question? Nordstrom beauty advisors will offer complimentary skincare consultations and you can speak to beauty-pro, Nordstrom Beauty Director Loredana Grama who will share the latest beauty tips and tricks. Don’t miss out!

Opening Day Store Countdown:  Friday, March 6th, 9:30 PM

The big day is here! More than 600 employees will be on hand for the big store opening. In traditional Nordstrom style, department teams will begin their own cheers, and then Store Manager John Banks will start rallying all the employees for a rowdy final store-wide opening countdown, during which employees will line the aisles near the store’s entrances to welcome and applaud the first customers through the doors when they open. Will you be the first through the front door?

What are you most looking forward to with the opening? Tweet me at @OttawaStyle.

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