ROSS TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — Bargain shoppers get ready.

Empty store fronts and “For Lease” signs at the Shoppes at Northway in Ross Township are slated to disappear as two large, upscale discount retailers and an Italian restaurant are slated to move in.

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“It’s going to be exciting, especially for the community because this will give them more places to come,” Sara Miller, a Northway shopper, said.

“I am so excited because the last time I heard they were going to close down this whole mall,” Amy Andreas, from Avalon, said.

According to the Pittsburgh Business Times, unidentified sources say a recent site plan for Northway includes Nordstrom Rack, Saks Off Fifth and Maggiano’s Little Italy.

Brooke White, a spokeswoman from Nordstrom, confirmed the high-end retailer is currently scouting the Pittsburgh area for a Norstrom Rack location.

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While White wouldn’t say exactly where the company was looking, she did say, “We love serving Pittsburgh, it’s a great store for us. We’ve found that people like to shop at both Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack. They do well when they’re both in the same city.”

Point Park University’s Elaine Luther, a professor of business management, says putting the discounted retailer so close to the Ross Park Mall location follows what Nordstrom’s done in other major cities.

“You go to the stores, and walk through the high-end clothing, and you really think if you see something that is that same name but you know how much of a bargain it is because you just saw it,” Luther said. “I think that tips the scale for people to buy more.”

There’s no word on a timetable for the stores to move in.

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