Nordstrom announced Thursday it will close its Florida Mall Store in Orlando, which will mean laying off or transferring 190 employees.
Originally opened in 2002, the store is planned for closure on August 16.
The company said the lease on the store is expiring, and store performance “doesn’t support” making an investment in renovations that woud be required under Nordstrom standards.
"We never like to close a store because we create such great relationships with our customers and employees…," said Jamie Nordstrom, president of stores for the company, in a news release. “We take responsibility for not meeting our own expectations to continue on here."
A spokesman for mall owner Simon Property said in response to a reporter's questions that two new anchor stores have already signed leases for the space being vacated by Nordstrom, but didn't identify the new tenants.
Simon handled the recent Saks Fifth Avenue closure at Florida Mall by announcing a food court expansion.
Nordstrom has another location in Orlando: its Nordstrom Rack location near Millenia Mall, but that is not a full-fledged store. Nordstrom Racks sell inventory that has been moved out of the main Nordstrom store inventories.
About employees, Nordstrom said, “We'll do our best find a spot for anyone who wants a job at another Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack.” Employees that aren’t transferred will be offered a separation plan, the company said in a news release, but no details were provided.
Nordstrom has eight other full-fledged stores in Florida: Boca Raton, Coral Gables, Tampa, Palm Beach; Miami; Palm Beach Gardens; Aventura; and Naples.
The company is also opening a new full-fledged store at St. Johns Town Center in Jacksonville on October 10.
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