Nordstrom officials have announced plans to close its Dulles Town Center store September 8. The specialty fashion retailer has been an anchor at the mall since 2002.
“Our strategy is focused on our customers. When it comes to store investments we feel it makes the most sense to look at the total market area versus individual stores,” Nordstrom President of Stores Jamie Nordstrom said in a statement. “In looking at the greater D.C. market, we feel we can serve our customers better at our other area stores and online.”
The store has been open for 15 years and the operating agreement expires this September. Nordstrom said that while the corporation has built great relationships with customers and employees, closing the store once the agreement expires is the best option for the company.
The store closure will impact about 150 non-seasonal employees, but Nordstrom said given the number of stores in the area, anyone who wants to stay with the company will be able to transfer to another location. Employees who work at the store through their last scheduled shift will be eligible for a separation package.
Nordstrom will continue to serve greater D.C. area customers at five other full-line stores: Tysons Corner Center, Montgomery Mall, Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, Annapolis Mall and The Mall in Columbia. The company also operates 12 Nordstrom Rack stores in the area: Dulles Town Crossing, Fair Lakes Promenade, Tysons Corner, Gaithersburg, Friendship Center, Springfield Town Center, Pentagon Centre, Downtown D.C., 12th Street, Potomac Mills, Columbia Crossing and Annapolis Harbour Center. Customers can also shop online at Nordstrom.com with free shipping and returns.
“Our local market assets, our stores, salespeople, product and services, represent the core of our brand,” Nordstrom said. “We’re fortunate to have a high quality portfolio of full-line stores, with all of our stores open more than a year generating positive cash flow.”