Following a phased reopening approach since last month, Nordstrom is finally ready to launch operations in the Big Apple.
The Seattle-based department store retailer will reopen its six locations in New York City on Wednesday, June 24, including its new women’s flagship, men’s store, two Nordstrom Rack stores, and two Nordstrom local shops, all located in Manhattan.
The retailer has been slowly opening stores since May, in accordance with state and local government guidelines, starting with states such as South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, and Oklahoma, followed by California, Washington, Michigan, New Jersey, and more.
As of Thursday, Nordstrom had opened a total of 319 locations across North America.
“We’ve been paying close attention to guidance and directives from local and national authorities, taking steps to ensure our stores and operations remain in alignment with those,” Nordstrom said in a statement.
“We’re continuing that approach with our reopening and are only opening stores where it’s allowed by state and local governments, where we’re prepared with the proper safety measures and protocols, and where we have confidence we can ensure the safety and well-being of our employees and customers.”
New store safety measures that have been put into place include adjusted store layouts to allow for social distancing, plexiglass partitions at checkout areas, and provided face coverings for employees and customers.
The retailer is also limiting the number of customers inside its stores at one time and adjusting store hours to allow the time necessary for sanitation.
Last month, Nordstrom was already facing the financial pains of Covid-19. It made the decision to permanently close its three Jeffrey specialty stores and equally announced that it would close 16 of its 116 full-line U.S. stores and restructure its operations, in an effort to cut costs and weather the impact of the pandemic.
The upscale department store chain reported a nearly 40 percent slump in its first quarter ended May 2, with total net sales in the quarter dropping to $2.03 billion from $3.35 billion a year earlier.