ROSS TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – The Nordstrom Rack officially opened in Ross Township Friday morning and many savvy shoppers couldn’t be happier.

The store will feature discounted designer goods that are the same names you would see in the regular Nordstrom store. However, they will be discounted by 30 to 75 percent.

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Customers will also get deals on closeout, overstock goods and end of season merchandise.

The opening of Nordstrom Rack in the North Hills was a highly anticipated event and that’s because it’s the only one in our region. Until now, people in western Pennsylvania would have to drive hours to find a Nordstrom Rack.

This morning, hundreds of people waited outside in line for hours just to be able to be one of the first in the door.

Like any dedicated shopper, they braved the elements to get their hands on designer goods at a fraction of the price.

“The prices are wonderful, wonderful. It’s gonna give the main Nordstrom store a run for its money,” Diane Snyder said.

After the sight of construction along McKnight Road for months, today was pretty special.

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The grand opening of Nordstrom Rack is the first of a lot of stores in the old Northway Mall, now being called “The Block Northway,” including The Container Store on Oct. 8 as well as Saks Off 5th on Oct. 13 and DSW Shoes right after that.

A total of 20 stores are set to open by the beginning of 2017.

The other retailers coming to Northway are still in negotiations, as are the eating establishment. But as the space is developed, the developer says the old Valu City 80,000 square feet will be split into 20,000 feet of retail space facing McKnight Road.

Meanwhile, up the road at McCandless Crossing, Texas Roadhouse is quickly taking shape and three more tenants are working quickly on their spaces.

Rue Boutique will settle into the space between Burgatory and the European Wax Center. Across the street, Deer Creek Winery is well on the way in the shop between Hello Bistro and Gifted Hands.

While in the first watch corner of the crossing, Paint Monkey is setting up shop, getting ready to host the growing craze of wine and painting parties.

As for when things will be opening, they are hoping to be cooking steaks at Texas Roadhouse by mid-October. As for Rue, Deer Creek, and Paint Monkey, they all expect to be open by Nov. 1.

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