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Nordstrom Cuts Down on Live Music

Seattle, Nordstrom is doing away with live piano music at some stores, including the Bellevue, Wash. store where the practice started in the 1980s. Company spokeswoman Brooke White said some customers prefer recorded music.

However, doing away with live piano music is a store-by-store decision and not an order from Seattle headquarters.

White says about half of the 101 Nordstrom stores feature live piano music. But its three newest stores—in Detroit, Denver and Boston—opened this year without pianos.

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