Nordstrom will close its 29-year-old store in the MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana, Calif., on March 17.
About 195 non-seasonal employees will have to move on from their current jobs or leave the company.
“Fortunately, we have 18 nearby Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack stores, so we’ll have a job for anyone who wants to stay with us,” said Jamie Nordstrom, president of stores for Nordstrom Inc.
Employees who do not have a role at another store and remain until their last scheduled shift will receive a separation plan, the company said.
“Southern California is one of our strongest markets and we’re continuing to invest in our growth there to ensure we’re offering customers a broad assortment of merchandise and a great shopping environment into the future,” Nordstrom said. “We’ve enjoyed taking care of customers at MainPlace for 29 years, but believe our other nearby locations will better serve them longer term. We’re looking forward to opening new stores at Century City and La Jolla this year, and we’re excited to unveil the most extensive remodel we have ever done at our South Coast Plaza store.”
Nordstrom has six other stores in the area serving Orange County, including Nordstrom South Coast Plaza; Nordstrom Fashion Island; Nordstrom Irvine Spectrum Center; Nordstrom Brea Mall; Nordstrom Los Cerritos Center, and Nordstrom The Shops at Mission Viejo.
There are also 12 Nordstrom Racks in the area.
Unlike Macy’s and Sears Holdings, Nordstrom is not undergoing massive reduction in its department store space. The Seatte-based retailer operates 123 full-line Nordstrom department stores, 215 Nordstrom Racks, two Jeffrey boutiques, two clearance stores, nordstrom.com, nordstromrack.com, HauteLook and Trunk Club. Nordstrom plans to open its first New York on 57th Street in Manhattan in 2019.