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For style savvy shoppers on a budget, the Lehigh Valley’s first Nordstrom Rack is a welcome addition to the area’s retail scene.

The 35,000 square foot store, which opened Friday at the new Hamilton Crossings shopping center on Krocks Road in Lower Macungie Township, is part of the off price division of upscale fashion retailer Nordstrom Inc.

Nordstrom Rack, which also has stores at the King of Prussia and Willow Grove Park malls in Montgomery County, offers many of the same brand name shoes, clothing and accessories carried in the full line stores with most merchandise at 30 to 70 percent off.

“Through our Nordstrom full line business, we have a great relationship with a lot of these brands, so we’re able to work with them really closely to bring a great selection of merchandise to shoppers,” Nordstrom Rack spokeswoman Jessica Canfield said.

Store team leader Kevin Paoletti said the supermarket’s first Lehigh Valley location, 750 N. Krocks Road, is hiring 158 employees, including 120 from the Valley.

You’ll find everything from activewear, outerwear and underwear to denim, suit separates and a large plus size section.

More than 22,000 pairs of shoes from favorite companies such as Adidas, Cole Haan, Nike and Tory Burch are in the back of the store, while a home section offering bedding, candles, cookware, towels and more is on the right side of the store.

There are also cosmetics, fragrances, luggage and a wide assortment of accessories from hats, gloves and handbags to belts, watches and sunglasses.

“Shopping here is like a treasure hunt,” said Sally McDevitt, manager of Nordstrom Rack’s east region.

Nordstrom Rack, which originated as a clearance center on the lower level of the Seattle Nordstrom store in 1973, operates 194 stores in 38 states.

All locations offer mobile check out, which allows customers to conveniently check out with a store associate anywhere on the floor. Sunday. Its first Clear the Rack sale, which features extra discounts on clearance items, will be held Friday through Sept. 5.

Next door to Nordstrom Rack, a Fine Wine Good Spirits store is nearing completion and two doors down, the area’s first Whole Foods Market is slated to open on Sept. 28.

More than 30 tenants, including DSW, Kay Jewelers, Pier 1 Imports and the Lehigh Valley’s first Costco, Smashburger and Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza,
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are scheduled to open later this summer and in fall.

Other businesses that have opened at Hamilton Crossings include Target, Dick’s Sporting Goods, PetSmart, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Rally House and Old Navy.

Meanwhile, for fans of pizza, pasta and other Italian staples, I have a few restaurants to keep on your radar.

First, Francesco’s Italian Ristorante Pizzeria should open by Thursday at 1701 E. Susquehanna St. in Salisbury Township, according to co owner Francesco LoPiccolo.

The 50 seat, BYOB restaurant will be the second Valley restaurant from the LoPiccolos, the family behind the seven year old Lorenzo’s Italian Family Restaurant on Broadway in Fountain Hill.

The space, which previously housed the Pantry Diner, was gutted to include new bathrooms, dry wall, granite countertops and more.

There’s a quick service area with a few tables, along with a cozy full service area complete with booths, a fireplace and elaborate stonework.

“We have so many great customers who come to Lorenzo’s from Salisbury, so we’re excited to further our passion for authentic Italian food while giving them an option closer to home,” LoPiccolo said.

The menu, featuring items all under $20, includes appetizers such as clams oreganata and crab stuffed mushrooms; baked pasta dishes such as eggplant rollatini and tortellini; and about a dozen specialty pizzas (available in 12 , 14 and 16 inch sizes) such as buffalo chicken, meat lover’s and the works (choice of six toppings).

Chicken, veal and seafood dinners, about a dozen of each, are served with salad, homemade rolls and your choice of spaghetti, penne, linguine or angel hair pasta.

Other menu highlights include calzones, strombolis, paninis, steak sandwiches, angus beef burgers, club sandwiches and wraps.

Second, Joey G’s Italian Kitchen recently opened at 1063 Grape St. in Whitehall Township. The space previously housed Dacarini Family Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria.

“We’re a traditional Italian restaurant where everything is made from scratch using only premium ingredients,” said owner Joe Grisafi, who also operates Corked Wine Bar Steak Seafood in Bethlehem.
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