Nordstrom is gearing up for its big entry into New York City.
The Seattle-based retailer this week will begin recruiting for its first stand-alone men’s store, slated to open on Broadway between 57th and 58th Streets in April. The company will hire 250 employees to staff the 47,000-square-foot, three-level store.
In the fall of 2019, the men’s store will be followed by a 363,000-square-foot women’s flagship.
All told, the Nordstrom project will encompass four properties in the Columbus Circle area including both existing, historic buildings as well as new construction at the base of Central Park Tower, an Extell Development Company project. It will mark Nordstrom’s costliest construction project to date, estimated at over $500 million.
The men’s store opens ahead of the women’s store because it is retrofitting an existing space, while the women’s store is being built from the ground up.
On Wednesday, Jan. 3, sales and support job listings will be posted on Nordstrom’s web site. Cailin Caro has been named store manager of the men’s store and company veteran Chris Wanlass has been named vice president of the company’s Manhattan full-line stores.
“This is an exciting and historic time to be a part of Nordstrom as we prepare to open our first full-line store in one of the best retail cities in the world,” said Caro. “We’re building an empowered team of people focused on service and providing customers with an elevated experience that reflects the best of what we have to offer.”
Sales positions are available in all areas, including men’s apparel, designer, furnishings, shoes and grooming. Hiring will also take place for support positions in building services, housekeeping, loss prevention, as well as jobs in the store’s food area.
To promote the recruitment efforts, the retailer wrapped the exterior of its men’s store with large “Help Wanted” banners with catchy phrases such as: “Desperately Seeking Sock Svengali,” “Now Hiring: Sneaker Obsessives,” and “People People Wanted.” The recruiting campaign also includes digital and social media components.
Wanlass began his career in 1992 as a stockperson at Nordstrom Fashion Place in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has served as store manager at Stonestown (San Francisco), The Westchester (White Plains, N.Y.), Arden Fair (Sacramento, Calif.), Bellevue Square (Bellevue, Wash.), and most recently Pacific Centre (Vancouver, B.C.).
Caro joined the company as a seasonal salesperson in lingerie in 2006 at the Nordstrom Downtown Seattle flagship, and most recently was store manager of The Westchester full-line store in White Plains, N.Y.