SEATTLE (AP/WRIC) — Nordstrom plans to permanently close 16 of its 116 full-line stores, including its location at Short Pump Town Center, as it adjusts to the retail environment during the coronavirus outbreak.
In a statement, CEO Erik Nordstrom said COVID-19 was causing the Seattle-based company to speed up digital services and implementation of things like curbside pickup and returns.
A spokesperson for Nordstrom confirmed the closing of the store in Short Pump in an email to 8News on Friday.
Our goal is to best position ourselves to serve customers in each market where we operate. Because of the impacts COVID-19 has had on our business, we need to take a critical look at the physical footprint of our stores to determine which we will continue to operate. To respond to the impacts of COVID-19 and ensure we’re able to continue serving customers well into the future, we will be closing 16 of our fleet of full-line stores, including Nordstrom Richmond. We selected these 16 stores based on a variety of factors, including the unique needs of the market, the current state of our business and real estate agreements.
We will not reopen these stores to the public and anticipate all 16 of these stores will be closed by August 2020. These types of decisions are never easy because we realize what this means for our employees. We’re committed to taking care of them as best we can, including providing support and resources through this transition.”Nordstrom
When its stores do reopen Nordstrom said it will conduct health screenings for employees and provide masks for employees and customers.
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