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If Grant Avenue is San Francisco's answer to Madison Avenue, then Market Street is … maybe an outlet mall in Paramus? The city's main drag is home to oodles of wallet-friendly chains, like Old Navy and Forever 21, as well as discount retailers like the new Nordstrom Rack and Marshall's stores. Now, we have word that the budget trend will continue with the city's first Neiman Marcus Last Call: According to signs in the windows of the former Hickey Freeman space at 767 Market Street, we'll be getting a Neiman Marcus Last Studio later this year.
That "studio" distinction is important. When the company rolled out the Last Call Studio concept in 2010, the New York Times explained that the stores would feature "lower-end products, bought directly from vendor" and "sell clothes that have never passed through a Neiman Marcus or even the retailer's existing chain of Last Call outlet stores." That means you can expect current-season looks at lower prices, even if they aren't as fancy as the clothes at the Neiman Marcus flagship store on Stockton. And—since it's next to the Four Seasons—you'll be able to recover from a hard shopping session with drinks and nibbles at MKT. Yum!
· Neiman Marcus Last Call [Official Site]
· Nordstrom Rack Opens Tomorrow—We Got a Sneak Peek [Racked]