By David Highfield

Shoppers have a new choice.

The house wares and furniture chain Crate&Barrel opened its first store in our area Wednesday at Ross Park Mall.

It has everything from Christmas ornaments to dog bowls and it also has some excited customers.

“We have been going to King of Prussia, which is the next closest one – Crate&Barrel – to us,” said Sohail Khwaja of Murrysville.

Peggy Puskar of West View said: “I have been to Crate&Barrel before and I was so excited when they were coming to Pittsburgh!”

“We’ve been looking in the Pittsburgh area for about five years,” said Cissy Barnes, the chain’s regional manager.

She says Nordstrom department store being at Ross Park Mall played a role in their decision.

“Nordstrom has always been a good indicator for us, you know, of that similar customer who might be shopping at both of the stores.”

In fact, the mall’s marketing director Michael Gianoutsos says Nordstrom got the ball rolling in attracting other stores which are new to the Pittsburgh market.

“We saw other retailers – Tiffany, Louis Vuitton, Juicy Couture and Michael Kors – very exclusive retailers coming into the market,” said Gianoutsos.

California Pizza Kitchen, which is new to Pittsburgh, just opened there and an Omega watch store, which is also new to this market, will open soon.

77Kids by American Eagle, which is also in Robinson, will open at Ross Park before Thanksgiving and Gianoutsos said they anticipate more new stores next year but can’t reveal any names just yet.

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