Nordstrom Enters Canada With Calgary Store

9/24/2014
Nordstrom, Inc. opened its first international store, located at Chinook Centre in Calgary, Alberta, on Sept. 19. The two-level, 140,000-square-foot store features the latest interior and exterior design concepts, a full-service restaurant and an enhanced beauty experience.

"Being in business for 113 years, this is really a historic time for us as we open our first store in Canada - our first international store," said Sheila Wooldridge, Nordstrom Chinook Centre store manager. "We're going to work hard to take care of customers here in Calgary and hope to offer them an exceptional experience shopping in our store."

Chinook Centre is the first of six announced Nordstrom stores to open over the next three years. Additional stores include: Rideau Centre, Ottawa (March 6, 2015); Pacific Centre, Vancouver (September 18, 2015); Yorkdale Centre, Toronto (Fall 2016); Toronto Eaton Centre (Fall 2016); Sherway Gardens, Toronto (Spring 2017).

The store offers customers five shoe departments, expansive cosmetics and accessories areas and a comprehensive offering of popular brand names for women, men and children. Customers can find shoes and handbags from Jimmy Choo, Rebecca Minkoff, Tory Burch and Vince Camuto, among others. The women's apparel offering features fashion from numerous brands, including Burberry London, Missoni, Roberto Cavalli, Band of Outsiders, 3.1 Phillip Lim , Rag & Bone, Kate Spade New York and Vince. Customers will find brands like Burberry Beauty, Chanel, Jo Malone, La Mer, NARS, Diptyque, Creed and more in the beauty department, which has been designed to enable customers to shop the way they want – whether they're looking for a high-touch service experience or the opportunity to discover and play on their own.

In addition to a great selection of fashion apparel, accessories, cosmetics and shoes, Nordstrom Chinook Centre features the company's newest design concepts, which incorporate natural light, wood finishes and other modern updates. Through special services including in-store alterations and tailoring, certified shoe and bra fitters, and personal stylists (a complimentary wardrobe and shopping service), Nordstrom hopes to enhance customers' shopping experience.

The store also features two food offerings: Bazille, a full-service, bistro-style restaurant, and the Ebar, which offers handcrafted coffee drinks and grab-and-go food options.

Opening day festivities began at 7:30 a.m. with a Beauty Bash hosted by Nordstrom just outside the store's mall entrance. Customers enjoyed complimentary skincare consultations, demonstrations and makeup lessons from the store's team of beauty and fragrance experts. When the first customers walked through the doors as the store opened at 9:30 a.m., they were greeted by cheers and applause from more than 500 employees.

Ahead of the store's opening day, Nordstrom hosted and underwrote the cost of a gala for 1,800 guests. Ticket sales from the sold-out event raised $180,000 for two local nonprofit organizations: Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation and United Way of Calgary and Area.
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