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Nordstrom to Relocate Ala Moana Store

New three-level unit expected to open in spring 2016.

Nordstrom Inc. plans to relocate its store at the Ala Moana Center in Honolulu to a new, smaller location in spring 2016.

The new unit, part of a redevelopment project under way at the center by owner General Growth Properties Inc., will occupy approximately 186,000 square feet on three levels. Until it’s opened, Nordstrom will continue to operate its current store in the mall, a 211,000-square-foot unit opened in March 2008.

“We love being a part of Ala Moana Center and think this opportunity to bring a brand new store by relocating on the property is terrific for our customers,” said Erik Nordstrom, president of stores for the Seattle-based company. “We will be able to bring our newest design concepts that we hope will make for a great shopping experience for both locals and visitors.”

Nordstrom added that the company first entered Honolulu 48 years ago as the operator of leased shoe departments in Liberty House stores. The store employs more than 400 people.

The company last month divulged plans to open a 213,000-square-foot, three-level full-line store at Toronto Eaton Centre in fall 2016, one of six full-line stores planned for the Canadian market, and for a 30,750-square-foot Nordstrom Rack store in West Towne Crossing in Madison, Wis., and a 34,000-square-foot Nordstrom Rack store at Harbison Court in Columbia, S.C., both scheduled to open this fall. This year, it’s also shared plans to open Rack stores in Brandon, Fla., and Queens, N.Y., as well as its third fulfillment center, a facility measuring more than 1 million square feet and employing nearly 400 full-time workers, in the summer of 2015.