Anchorage Nordstrom store to close permanently

    Anchorage, Alaska (AP) - Nordstrom has announced plans to close its Anchorage department store.

    The retailer says its last day of business in Anchorage will be Sept. 13.

    Seattle-based Nordstrom announced the closure Wednesday after informing employees.

    A statement says the company analyzed the Anchorage market and concluded it made the most sense to close this store and focus on serving customers online and at its nearby Rack store.

    Nordstrom says it will work with the 170 employees to find other possible roles within the company.

    Andrew Halcro of the Anchorage Community Development Authority says it worked with Nordstrom for five or six months to pitch alternative ideas.

    He says "traditional brick-and-mortar stores like Nordstrom have suffered" due to demographic and cultural changes in Anchorage.

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