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Bloomingdale’s Bringing Smaller-Format Store to Old Orchard in Skokie 

Bloomingdale’s said it will open its second “Bloomie’s” store location at Westfield Old Orchard in Skokie, IL. Bloomie’s, which opened its first location in Fairfax, VA, in August 2021, is the retailer’s smaller store concept. 

“The new concept remains authentic to the Bloomingdale’s brand yet reinterprets it on a smaller scale that is infused with energy and ripe for discovery,” said Charles Anderson, director of stores, Bloomingdale’s. “We’re looking forward to sharing the ‘Bloomie’s’ experience with our loyal North Shore clientele and new customers alike.”  

Conversely, though, the existing 206,000-square-foot Bloomingdale’s Old Orchard location will close later this year upon the opening of the 50,000-square-foot Bloomie’s. It will begin clearance on Sept. 6 and is expected to close at the end of October.  

The Old Orchard Bloomie’s store in turn will backfill a Barnes & Noble space that went dark recently. 


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