Horton Plaza Nordstrom Announces Store Closure

The store has been open in downtown San Diego since 1985

After 31 years at downtown San Diego’s Horton Plaza, the Nordstrom location is closing.

Open since 1985, the store will close on Aug. 26.

In a news release, Nordstrom officials did not give a specific reason for the closure, but said the decision was made after “taking a look at the store’s performance and our business needs in the future.”

"We remodeled it, put a lot of money into it about 10 years ago, but we're just not getting the business that we need to get out of it," said Jamie Nordstrom, Nordstrom's president.

The closure will impact about 180 employees, who will be encouraged to transfer to other San Diego County Nordstrom locations. If they don’t secure a role at another store, employees will be given a separation package, officials said.

There are three Nordstrom locations and four Nordstrom Rack locations in San Diego. Shoppers can head to Nordstrom stores in Fashion Valley, Escondido and University City, and Rack stores in Mission Valley, Carmel Mountain, Plaza Bonita and San Marcos.

The Nordstrom closure is the latest in a trend of big-box stores scaling back, as they compete with online shopping and new consumer habits.

For years, the real growth for Nordstrom has been in its Rack stores, not the department stores.

"Our Rack stores are terrific to acquire younger customers who are on a tighter budget," Nordstrom said.

The building will now belong to Westfield, which will decide what to do with the space.

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