A Nordstrom Rack would be a total downgrade. Nordstrom Rack cheapens the Nordstrom brand by selling cheap clothes. Most of it is not high end brands.
But it's not always so visible. Executives from Off 5th, which carries brands like True Religion and Alice + Olivia, told investors last year its products are 10% leftover Saks inventory, 25% private-label goods, and the rest mostly merchandise created for the stores by "brand-appropriate" vendors. While price tags on outlet goods may list a manufacturer-suggested retail price (known as an MSRP) or, a "valued at" price, that's little more than a number ascribed by the retailer and doesn't mean it was ever sold for such a sum in an actual full-price retail location. (Giant discounters like T.J. Maxx and Nordstrom Rack also label prices this way.)
Zara - May never come here and don't have very nice views of us anyway. I do think they would be successful if they were to come here though, and is a brand I think can co-exist well with higher-end brands.https://www.racked.com/2012/11/9/7704235/why-zara-was-not-named-zorbas-and-4-other-things-we-learned-about-the
H&M - We already have one and usually its a wreck to shop in. Certainly not "upscale like Halls".
LV, Hermes, Rolex, Gucci, and Cartier - None of these are really that exciting imo. They honestly all kind of remind me of the early 2000s, a traumatic time for fashion
(they were all really popular back then). I wouldn't necessarily be opposed to having one or more on the Plaza, they just don't scream current to me at all. It would be amazing (and incredibly unlikely) to see a Celine or something like that, but I would put Burberry in this category, which I think is a good fit for the Plaza.
I'd love to see some fresh, up-and-coming or smaller label designers come into the Plaza, rather than what is the "most valuable". I just don't see the kind of opulence associated with those brands remaining relevant, especially with the economy continuing to stall. When I think of luxury these days and looking forward, I think of exclusivity, uniqueness, ethically produced, craft, etc. There is a huge space between fast fashion (Zara, H&M) and the unattainable-for-most luxury (Hermes, LV). Shops with high quality products at price points in the hundreds rather than thousands seem more realistic for Kansas City, and I think luxury, as I have defined it, is quite attainable at those price points.