In a statement released on Tuesday, the department store chain, Nordstrom, announced that they plan to permanently close 16 of its 116 full-line stores as it restructures its brand in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
“We selected these 16 stores based on a variety of factors, including the unique needs of the market, the current state of our business and real estate agreements,” Nordstrom said. “These types of decisions are never easy because we realize what this means for our employees. We’re committed to taking care of them as best we can, including providing support and resources through this transition.”
The news comes after other major retailers including Neiman Marcus and J. Crew, have filed for bankruptcy as the pandemic continues to batter the retail industry.
Of those 16, 5 are located in California, including the store at Pleasanton’s Stoneridge Mall.
The closures, however, do not apply to the 250 Nordstrom Rack stores and smaller boutiques, the company added.