Photos: Cherry Hill Nordstrom Rack

Fueled by curiosity and the potential for a discounted designer find, The Feast/Shop ventured across the Ben Franklin yesterday to check out Nordstrom Rack's new Cherry Hill location. The store, which celebrated its grand opening on May 5, is situated within the Towne Place at Garden State Park, a shopping complex near the intersection of Route 70 and Haddonfield Road.

Compared to King of Prussia's Nordstrom Rack store, the Cherry Hill store is nearly identical: both locations carry discounted Nordstrom labels (think: Ella Moss, True Religion, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Free People), with the shop separated into departments, e.g. Men's, Contemporary, Juniors, Accessories, Kids, and Shoes.

In our opinion, the highlight of King of Prussia's Nordstrom Rack has always been the shoe section, which offers a variety of name-brand shoes for all occasions, from sneakers to stilettos. And while the selection can be hit or miss, we usually come across a sweet find, like discounted Frye boots for ladies and Cole Haan driving mocs for guys.

The shoe selection at Cherry Hill is on par with King of Prussia's, with an added positive: the shoes are displayed in pairs, so you can avoid having to retrieve your shoe's mate from the (typically abandoned) customer service window.

A couple more observations: the Towne Place at Garden State Park complex can become seriously congested, especially on Sundays when grocery shoppers flock to Wegman's in droves. And because the complex houses so many stores (DSW, Barnes & Noble, Talbot's, Jos A. Bank) within a relatively small space, parking can become difficult and downright treacherous.

Our opinion is that the new store merits a visit, but it's up to you to ultimately decide if the trip is worth the outrageous $4 toll back into Philly.

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