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Nordstrom racks up fans at Fountains

S. David Ramirez
Jessica Sosa, junior business major, searching for the perfect pair of heels.

Nordstrom Rack hosted grand opening festivities Thursday at the Fountains at Farrah.  Almost 200 people lined up for the event, which included music, free food and giveaways.

An eager collection of fashion aficionados began gathering at the outdoor mall early in the morning, beating both employees and the sun to the retailer.

According to their press release, Nordstrom Rack is “the off-price division… offering on-trend, of-the-moment clearance merchandise from Nordstrom stores.”

Attendees were eligible to enter a drawing to win a shopping spree and to be recognized as the first shopper on the opening day.

“I’ve been here since 6 (a.m.),” said Lizett Garcia, pre-nursing sophomore. “I want the $1000 prize.”

The El Paso Nordstrom Rack was one of five other locations across the nation to open on October 10.  The local branch brings the national tally up to 137 stores.

“I usually shop at the mall, just whatever store,” Alejandra Alonso, sophomore biochemistry major.

Alonso said she was excited to have a new alternative to what was previously available next door at Cielo Vista Mall.

As prize slips were pulled from a spinning raffle drum, Garcia and Alonso were not among the winners. But another UTEP student had freshly-won money in hand for her first walkthrough of the store.

“It is a great opportunity for shoppers to have a different vibe from a different store,” said Jessica Sosa, junior business major.  “It is really neat.  It’s a nice store.”

Sosa was one of 30 to win a $100 gift card.  She said her winnings will go towards shoes and high heels.

The Nordstrom Rack is located at 8889 Gateway West at the Fountains at Farah shopping center.

S. David Ramirez may be reached at [email protected].

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S. David Ramirez, Staff Reporter
S. David Ramirez is currently an English and American Literature major wrapping up his final year at UTEP. He has written for the Lakefront, the Thing Itself literary magazine, the Tejano Tribune and The Prospector. When not striving for journalistic excellence, he helps organize fandom conventions around the Lone Star State, including El Paso Wintercon and San Japan, San Antonio’s largest Japanese culture and anime convention. He hopes to spend his academic career educating the public about the dangers of Jane Austen and the medicinal benefits of reading the Brontë sisters. His research in popular culture studies has taken him across the nation and he hopes to continue presenting findings on music, media and literature at future conferences. David says his success is due to a pact with the dread Lord Cthlulhu of R’ley fame, but he may just be reading too much H. P. Lovecraft in his off time. He is currently applying to graduate schools for communication rhetoric or writing and rhetoric. If you, or someone you know, is on these admissions boards, please contact him directly.
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