Originally Posted by J. Will
If Nordstrom had chosen to take over the entire Sears location in Vancouver, it would have been far and away the largest store in the chain.
That would never have happened, as American department stores do not understand how to operate downtown locations anymore(save for maybe Macy's with some of their downtown flagship stores).
Nordstroms like all other American department stores, builds small stores that really fail to offer anything like the old stores like the Eatons/Sears in Vancouver did.
It's interesting that the Toronto store will be a new build. How many new traditional dept. stores are built in this day and age? Virtually zero.
Well tons of department stores build new stores at malls. It is just a concrete box after all. This is not the building of a true grand urban department store.
The location of two of Nordstroms stores are troubling for Canadian cities. The Calgary and Toronto locations are seeing their first locations opened in suburban malls.
Opening a companies first store, and especially a department store outside of a Canadian downtown retail area would have been almost unheard of even up until about 10 years ago.
The opening of many American stores with their anti-downtown or even pro-suburban mall practices is seeing this happen a lot more often than before, and is putting Canadian downtowns at a disadvantage.
It was recently mentioned that many American stores moving into Toronto are skipping the prized downtown retail areas and opening in Yorkdale, because they value malls more than cities.
This could be a pretty big negative for Canadian retail in our downtowns, if American stores continue to push their pro suburban mall format in Canada.