Indianapolis Downtown Inc. Vice President Terry Sweeney said the city is looking at using some prime downtown real estate for Super Bowl 2012. Sweeney said when Nordstrom shuts down for good this coming Sunday, it‘ll vacate some 200,000 square feet at Circle Center Mall. Sweeney said it‘s not likely that a permanent tenant could logistically occupy the space before February. He said it‘s likely that the space will eventually be taken over by multiple tenants. Meantime, Sweeney said mall owner Simon Property Group, along with Super Bowl host committee and city officials, are considering using the space for possible Super Bowl related events.
“You could have merchandising, event and food service space in there,” said Sweeney. “It‘s up to the creativity of Simon Property Group and the people who might be engaging them to take a look at that space.”
Simon Property Group wouldn‘t comment on possible future tenants or the general status of the space. Meantime, Seattle based Nordstrom Spokesperson Tara Darrow said their Circle Center store shuts down for good Sunday at 6 p.m. Darrow said they‘re opening a Nordstrom rack store not far from their Keystone at the Crossing Nordstrom store on September 15. Nordstrom had 176 workers at the Circle Center location. 40 of them will move to the rack location in September and 35 will transfer to the Keystone store which Darrow said remains strong. Darrow added Nordstrom is offering severance packages to the remaining employees working at the Circle Center location.