Just add shoppers and merchandise


July 16, 1992|By Michael Dresser | Michael Dresser,Staff Writer

The Nordstrom department store at Towson Town Center is still under wraps, swaddled in a quarter-million dollars' worth of sheet plastic. But a glimpse of the "package" yesterday showed that its birthday is getting close -- very close.

"If you asked us to open in two weeks, we could do it," said Patrick J. Compton, a spokesman for Robert E. Bayley Construction Inc., the Seattle-based construction company that is building the three-level Nordstrom store and single-level Nordstrom Rack discount outlet.

The two stores, the first of each in the Baltimore area, are scheduled to open Sept. 11.

Nordstrom officials gave Baltimore-area reporters a tour of the vast new store yesterday.

Actually, it didn't look like all that much. With most of the store's 36,000 square feet of imported marble and 80,000 square feet of carpet covered up, the place looked mostly like a construction site -- which, after all, it is.

The soaring atrium, painted in delicate tones of peach and beige, was an impressive sight, however, with its gleaming skylight.

Outside the Rack, Nordstrom was celebrating the opening of its first retail presence in Baltimore. Its espresso bar, which opened yesterday morning, was doing a brisk business while Nordstrom representatives at a nearby table did an equally healthy trade in employment applications.

Marty Wikstrom, Nordstrom's regional vice president, said Nordstrom received about 550 calls Monday in response to help-wanted ads that ran over the weekend. Cathy Martin, who was staffing the Nordstrom employment table, said the company received an additional 375 responses Tuesday and that 250 people had picked up applications at Towson Town Center by yesterday afternoon.

Nordstrom will begin interviewing prospective employees in the first two weeks of August, she said.

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