Nordstrom Inc. plans to relocate its full-line department store in University Towne Center to a new space within the Westfield UTC mall, with a new two-level store expected to open in 2017.
The upcoming 145,000-square-foot store will incorporate the company’s latest design concepts, geared toward improving the shopping experience, said Erik Nordstrom, president of stores for the Seattle-headquartered retailer, in a statement.
Nordstrom’s current 130,000-square-foot store at Westfield UTC opened in 1984 and will remain in operation until the relocation.
The move is part of long-term renovations underway at the mall off La Jolla Village Drive, owned by Sydney-based Westfield Group, including the addition of retail space and structured parking. Nordstrom will be moving to the mall’s west side, along Genesee Avenue.
Nordstrom also operates local full-line stores at Fashion Valley in Mission Valley, Westfield Horton Plaza in downtown San Diego, and Westfield North County in Escondido. In addition, it has four San Diego County locations of Nordstrom Rack, its chain of off-price retail stores.
Founded in 1901 as a shoe store, Nordstrom now operates 267 stores in 36 states.