Retailer Nordstrom Inc. plans to close its department store at downtown San Diego’s Westfield Horton Plaza mall on Aug. 26, the Seattle-based retailer announced. The store, which opened in 1985, is being closed due to factors including lagging sales.
Nordstrom officials said the closure impacts about 180 non-seasonal employees, who will be given job opportunities at other local Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack stores.
“We’ve been in business at Horton Plaza for 31 years and we’ve loved serving our customers here,” said company President Jamie Nordstrom, in a statement. “These are always tough decisions to make, but in taking a look at the store’s performance and our business needs into the future, we believe this is the best direction to take.”
Nordstrom noted that the retailer will continue to serve San Diego city customers at its existing locations at Fashion Valley in Mission Valley, and at Westfield UTC in University Towne Center. Nordstrom is in the process of relocating and expanding its full-line UTC department store, with the new store set to open next year as part of a larger $500 million mall expansion by owner Westfield Group currently underway.
In its own emailed statement, Westfield Group said it plans to purchase the Nordstrom space at Horton Plaza, which will allow the mall operator “to consider a range of opportunities and new prospects.” It also continues to work with the city of San Diego on redeveloping the Horton Plaza venue, following up on the two parties’ recent completion of a new public square park next-door to the shopping center.
“Department stores routinely evaluate their real estate positions, as do property owners and developers like Westfield,” said the Sydney-based mall operator, with U.S. headquarters in Los Angeles.
In the local region, Nordstrom also operates a full-line department store at Westfield North County in Escondido, along with several locations of the smaller off-price Nordstrom Rack stores, the newest of which is slated to open in October at The Shops at La Jolla Village.
Nordstrom was slated to open a future full-line department store in Carlsbad as part of a lagoon-adjacent development proposed by Los Angeles’ Caruso Affiliated, but that project was rejected earlier this year by Carlsbad voters.