by Brian Lipton

Seattle-based retailer Nordstrom has announced plans to close its full-line store at Salem Center in Salem, Oregon. Originally opened in March 1980, the store will serve customers through Friday, April 6, 2018.

The store closure will impact about 130 non-seasonal employees; however, Nordstrom is working with each impacted employee to determine their next steps.

“We’ve been fortunate to have the chance to serve so many customers at Salem Center over the past 37 years,” said Jamie Nordstrom, president of Nordstrom stores. “The decision to close a store is never one we take lightly. As we look for opportunities to grow our business and ensure we’re meeting the needs of our customers, we have to make decisions about where to invest our resources. Unfortunately, we don’t think investing in Salem Center is the best approach for us moving forward stores have always been and will continue to be an essential part of our ability to serve customers.”

Nordstrom will continue to serve Oregon customers online and at three other Nordstrom stores: Downtown Portland, Clackamas Town Center in Happy Valley, and Washington Square in Tigard. The company also operates six Nordstrom Rack stores in Oregon: Clackamas, Tanasbourne Town Center in Beaverton, Portland, Oakway Center in Eugene, Cascade Airport in Portland, and Cascade Plaza in Beaverton.

“Our strategy is rooted in our customers and leveraging our unique capabilities of people, product and physical locations, along with our digital assets. We’re focusing on how to bring those together in individual markets to give our customers a more convenient and seamless shopping experience,” said Nordstrom.