Nordstrom Rack, a popular off-price apparel chain owned by Seattle-based Nordstrom Inc., confirmed plans Wednesday to open a store in the former Kmart shopping center in Mount Pleasant.

Daniel Island-based Grove Property Fund LLC, owner of the 131,000-square-foot shopping center near Johnnie Dodds Boulevard and Bowman Road, will redevelop the aging retail strip over the next year as Bowman Place.

The Post and Courier previously reported that the property will be anchored by Nordstrom Rack and Pittsburgh-based Dick's Sporting Goods based on plans submitted to the town's planning department. Tenants of the three smaller units have not yet been announced.

Nordstrom Rack said Wednesday that it will open its 33,500-square-foot East Cooper store in fall 2015. The retailer is opening two other South Carolina locations - in Greenville and Columbia - in October.

"We have been looking for more opportunities to serve customers in South Carolina and we're excited to bring a Nordstrom Rack closer to home for customers in Mount Pleasant," said Geevy Thomas, president of Nordstrom Rack. He called Bowman Place "an excellent location."

The former Kmart shopping center is mostly vacant.

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