Nordstrom announces expansion to Canada

The fashionable gentlemen of Canada will soon have another retailer at their disposal, as Seattle-based Nordstrom announced on Thursday that they will soon be opening four stores north of the border.

Calgary will be the first city to get a full-line store, with the location opening in the Chinook Centre in the Fall of 2014. It will be a two-level store and cover approximately 140,000 square feet.

In the Spring of 2015, Nordstrom will open their doors in Ottawa and Vancouver, at the Rideau Centre and Pacific Centre, respectively. Ottawa’s location will be two levels and approximately 157,000 square feet, while Vancouver’s be three levels spanning approximately 230,000 square feet and will be the largest of the four locations.

Toronto will get its Nordstrom in the Fall of 2016 when it opens a two-level, 138,000 square foot store at Sherway Gardens.

Nordstrom partnered with Cadillac Fairview, one of North America’s largest investors, owners and managers of commercial real estate. The space for the new stores is being vacated by Sears and then renovated in Vancouver, Calgary and Ottawa, with a new-construction store opening in Toronto.

"It's exciting to finally have this opportunity to better serve our Canadian customers closer to home and we can't wait to open our doors," said Erik Nordstrom, president of stores for Nordstrom, Inc., via a press release. "Cadillac Fairview has been instrumental in helping us get started in Canada, and we're thrilled to be part of these premier shopping destinations. While we're fortunate to have many loyal Canadian customers who've shopped with us over the years, we recognize we're new here and that we have to earn our customers' business. We look forward to what we will learn and are grateful for the chance to better serve our Canadian customers."

In the same press release, John Sullivan, president and CEO of Cadillac Fairview said that "we are delighted that Nordstrom has found a home in Canada in our shopping centres, and we welcome them to the Canadian market. Nordstrom is an excellent fit for all four locations; not only will they transform our shopping centres, but enhance the Canadian retail landscape as a whole."

Nordstrom also announced it will continue exploring opportunities to open additional full-line stores as well as Nordstrom Racks, its off-price retail division, as part of the company's future expansion into Canada.

As part of the announcement, the company named veteran Nordstrom leader Karen McKibbin president of Nordstrom Canada. Ms. McKibbin has a 27-year tenure with Nordstrom in a wide variety of leadership roles from merchandising to regional management, most recently serving as Vice President and Regional Manager of Northern California and Hawaii. She joined the company in 1985 as a stockperson before moving to salesperson, department manager, buyer and store manager. In 1999, she took on the role of Los Angeles Regional Manager, and has since led the Northeast, South and Northern California/Hawaii regions.

News of the expansion comes just days after Nordstrom opened their TOPSHOP and TOPMAN stores, which brings the British retailer stateside. Nordstrom also announced several additions to their men’s sale currently underway on their website, with numerous markdowns up to 50%.

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