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Nordstrom Opens at Fashion Island

Nordstrom, one of the nation’s leading fashion specialty retailers, opened a two-level 138,000 sq. ft. store at Fashion Island in Newport Beach today. The Nordstrom opening marks an exciting milestone in Fashion Island’s 43-year history as well as the $100 million reinvestment underway at the
coastal center.

Nordstrom Fashion Island offers an outstanding collection of apparel and accessories featuring luxury brands Valentino, Burberry, Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana, Michael Kors and Jimmy Choo. The store also features via C, which spotlights contemporary designers Halston Heritage, Diane von Furstenberg, Alice + Olivia and Elizabeth & James. In addition, exclusive new collections by Jonathan Kelsey, St. John, Elie Tahari, Marc Jacobs Swim for men and women, and Tod’s shoes for men and women will be available. And to add to the shopping experience, the new Nordstrom also offers its expert team of personal shoppers as well as dining at Cafe Bistro and the Nordstrom Espresso Bar.

“We are proud to welcome Nordstrom to Fashion Island,” says Keith Eyrich, president, Irvine Company Retail Properties. “As one of the country’s most outstanding retailers, Nordstrom elevates the Fashion Island shopping experience to a new level. Their sought-after brands and impeccable service are a perfect fit for our fashion-savvy and discerning customer.”

The opening of Nordstrom also signifies a turning point in the reinvestment underway at Fashion Island. Announced in Spring 2009 and set to be complete by Holiday 2010, the reinvestment is taking shape throughout the center, including new architectural enhancements, improved landscape and hardscape, elegant new fountains, inviting outdoor people spaces with soft seating and shade structures, Italian light fixtures and more.

“We are dedicated to continuing Fashion Island’s development as the finest coastal shopping experience in Southern California,” says Eyrich. “The opening of Nordstrom, coupled with the reinvestment, underscores Irvine Company’s ongoing commitment to its signature properties and to provide the community with an unparalleled gathering place to shop, dine and relax.”

As Orange County’s premier coastal shopping and dining experience, Fashion Island features specialty boutiques, world-class department stores and a wide assortment of restaurants and cafés. Visited by more than 13 million people annually, Fashion Island offers a sophisticated yet relaxed atmosphere that is distinctively Southern California.

Owned by Irvine Company, Fashion Island is home to Orange County’s only Neiman Marcus, as well as Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Bloomingdale’s Home Store and Macy’s. For more information, please visit www.ShopFashionIsland.com.