Nordstrom Department Store
Nordstrom is a upscale department store with about 150 stores in 27 states. The company was founded in 1901 by John W. Nordstrom and his partner Carl Wallin in Seattle. John W. Nordstrom had made $13,000 from a gold mine the Alaska Komstock gold rush. Carl Wallin had a shoe repair business. The combined venture sought to make quality shoes and gradually expanded into other lines of apparel and items for the home.
The initial store Wallin and Nordstrom developed a reputation for excellence in service that the stores work diligently to maintain. In 1923, the company added a second store. In the late twenties control of the company was transferred to Nordstrom's sons who brought the store to a national audience.
In 1971, Nordstrom's went public and is traded on the New York Stock Exchange with the symbol JWM. The stores headquarters are in Seattle, Wa. The current CEO is Bruce Nordstrom. The president is Blake W. Nordstrom. Hoovers reports that in 2005, Nordstroms had 53,500 employees, $7.1 billion in sales and a net income of $393.5 million.
The primary focus of my community directories in Utah and Colorado.
Nordstrom in Colorado
Nordstrom lists four stores in Colorado. There is a Nordstrom at the Flatiron Crossing in Broomfield, a Nordstrom Rack at the FlatIron Marketplace. In Littleton, you will find a Nordstrom at the Park Meadows Mall and a Nordstrom Rack at the Meadows Marketplace.
Nordstrom in Utah
The Nordstrom web site lists four stores in Utah. These are located in the Crossroads Mall in downtown Salt Lake City, the University Mall in Orem, Fashion Place Mall in Murray. There is a Nordstrom Rack clearance store in Sugarhouse.
In 2004, Nordstrom had an unfortunate run in with the Salt Lake City Council over zoning. Due to declining patronage of the Crossroads Mall, Nordstrom wanted to move to the new Gateway Plaza. The zoning commission wanted to preserve the Gateway as an area for small shops and feared that the loss of a major anchor store would further erode the popularity of the downtown malls. As the two downtown malls are located on property owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the skiff between zoning commissions and Nordstrom turned rather ugly. During the skiff, Salt Lake came very close to losing a high quality department store.
The LDS Church is currently working on a major renovation of its property on Main Street and Nordstroms is likely to stay in the downtown malls.
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