open 2 Ala Moana
The move coincides with itsBy Russ Lynch
pullout from the shoe department
of Liberty House after 30 years
Seattle-based retailer Nordstrom Inc. plans to open two shoe stores in Ala Moana Center in late November.
The shops are in addition to Nordstrom's plans to open a major department store of more than 200,000 square feet at the mall in the year 2000.
The shoe stores will be on the mall level between Center Court and Sears. The bigger of the two, at about 14,000 square feet, will offer women's and children's shoes; the other will be a men's store of about 9,500 square feet.
Meanwhile, Nordstrom has set a date of Nov. 17 to end its relationship with Liberty House, Brooke White, a Nordstrom spokeswoman, said today. Nordstrom has run the shoe departments in the Liberty House stores for more than 30 years but in May announced it will end that partnership.
Nordstrom and Liberty House have said they had an amicable parting because Nordstrom did not want to take part in Liberty House's expansion plans. Liberty House has expanded to Guam and Kona.
Blake Nordstrom, co-president of Nordstrom, called Ala Moana one of the premium malls in the country.
Almost all of the employees in the stores will be recruited locally, he said.
Founded in 1901 by an immigrant from Sweden, Nordstrom is now a publicly traded company with 84 stores in 17 states and reported sales of $4.5 billion last year.
Early last year, the company signed a letter of agreement with Ala Moana Center to develop a department store on the Kona Street side of the center.