SEATTLE — Nordstrom said it plans to close its Tukwila, Wash., distribution center in January 1995, eliminating about 220 jobs. The company said merchandise now processed at Tukwila will be redirected to a newer, more modern distribution center in Portland, Ore.

The change should speed up distribution services to Northwest stores by as much as one day and will allow greater flexibility in processing. Nordstrom said it hopes to find some jobs for the displaced workers at its other stores and offices in the area. It has hired an outplacement firm to assist.