Saks Off 5th Returns

The discount retailer is back, but is it better?

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Photo Courtesy of Vince CAmuto

Nearly a year after closing its longtime location on Nicollet Mall, Saks Off 5th has returned to downtown Minneapolis. The two-level outlet in City Center, which features merchandise for women, men, and kids, is slightly larger than its storefront in Eagan’s Twin Cities Premium Outlets and offers discounts of 40 to 70 percent. It carries popular mid-range brands such as Michael Kors, Theory, Vince, Free People, Lauren Ralph Lauren, Boss Hugo Boss, and Tory Burch, as well as an expanded selection of designer activewear, denim, shoes, handbags, and sunglasses. While the space is clean and well organized, it lacks the luxury of its previous downtown residence, which was originally a Saks Fifth Avenue full-line store. Due to its 2013 purchase by Hudson Bay Co., it’s also missing the legendary fashion finds of the former downtown store, where it wasn’t unusual to find a Chloé jacket for $250 or a Donna Karan dress for less than $300. Still, it’s a definite win for downtown retail—but those looking for amazing designer deals should head to Opitz Outlet instead. Read more about how the new location compares to the old on our TC Style blog. •

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Photo Courtesy of Loeffler Randle