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Costco, Saks to Open Stores in Easton Area

COLUMBUS (Lu Ann Stoia/Ken Hines) -- Some big name stores will soon be added to one of the region's premier shopping destinations.

The Easton Gateway area will soon add stores from popular chains Costco, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Nordstrom.

Costco will lead the way by opening an Easton location in October, while pricey retailer Saks will offer less expensive items at the recently announced Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth outlet store.

Though the opening of the Saks store is some time away, shopper in search of discounted apparel, shoes, and accessories in the Easton area can currently get their fix at Nordstrom Rack, an off-price division that opened in mid-September inside a 35,000 square ft. store.

The development is proving to be popular with many shoppers, who welcome the additions to the retail area.

"It's the whole picture," customer Jill Niswonger said. "Not only can you shop, you can go have a drink, a wonderful meal, entertainment. It's the whole package."

Not everyone is excited about the additions, however. More stores inevitably lead to more customers, which does not sit well with some loyal Easton shoppers.

"Look how crowded it is today," shopper Pamela Cass said. " In two more months, when the holiday starts, it's going to be insufferable."

More than 300 stores, restaurants, and entertainment venues currently operate in the Easton area.
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