Nordstrom to close Horton Plaza store; 180 employees impacted

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SAN DIEGO -- Nordstrom announced Friday its plan to close its Horton Plaza location in San Diego later this summer.

Originally opened in 1985, the store will be open through August 26, 2016.

“We’ve been in business at Horton Plaza for 31 years and we’ve loved serving our customers here," said Jamie Nordstrom, president of stores for Nordstrom. "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.”

The closure impacts about 180 non-seasonal employees.

“We’ve told our people that with opportunities at our nearby Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack stores, we will have a spot for everyone who wants to stay with the company,” said store officials. "Employees who do not have a role at another store and remain until their last scheduled shift will be provided with a separation plan."

Following Nordstrom’s announcement, Westfield Malls issued this statement:

"Department stores routinely evaluate their real estate positions, as do property owners and developers like Westfield.  With an eye toward the future, and building upon a successful track record of recovering/reorienting former department store buildings for the benefit of our shopping centers and the communities we serve, Westfield will purchase the Nordstrom store space at Westfield Horton Plaza.  The acquisition allows Westfield to consider a range of opportunities and new prospects, and in cooperation with the City of San Diego, to continue plans to redevelop the center and introduce new life, energy, and choices to the property."

Nordstrom said the company will continue grow in other areas of San Diego.

“We’re building an entire new store at UTC, it’s going to be our latest and greatest store design,” said Nordstrom.

“I love this store,” said Corinne Hollins. who has been shopping at the Horton Plaza location for 30 years.

“Since the first day it opened,” said Hollins. “I love the fact I can get things downtown. I can go to dinner and grab what I need."

Hollins said she understands why the store is closing, but said shopping elsewhere won’t be the same.

“The mall has changed a lot and it’s sad,” said Hollins. “This store is perfect. I can drive right up to the back door and come in and get what I want and go, which is so convenient. It’s just sad, very sad.”

There are three additional Nordstrom and four Nordstrom Rack locations in the area, and a new Nordstrom Rack is scheduled to open at the Shops at La Jolla Village in October 2016.