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EVP, pres. of Nordstrom Direct joins West Marine board

BY CSA STAFF

WATSONVILLE, Calif. — EVP and president of Nordstrom Direct Jamie Nordstrom has joined West Marine’s board of directors. Nordstrom also was appointed as the fourth member of West Marine’s governance and compensation committee.

His board and committee service is expected to begin on the first meeting scheduled in 2013, most likely in March, and Nordstrom, like all the other directors, will stand for re-election to the board at West Marine’s 2013 annual meeting of stockholders.

A fourth generation family member, Nordstrom began his career in the stockroom of Nordstrom’s Bellevue, Wash., store in 1986, and went on to hold a number of store and buying management positions. Prior to being named president of Nordstrom Direct, he helped lead an effort to implement a perpetual inventory system and build a multichannel foundation to better serve customers in stores and online. For Nordstrom Direct, Nordstrom’s position supports Nordstrom.com, mobile, catalogs and fulfillment center operations.

"We are thrilled to have Jamie join our board. He is an extremely talented and well-respected retailer and a passionate boater. Jamie has demonstrated a track record of successfully achieving results and driving change across diverse operating units and we look forward to his contributions in our efforts to deliver a seamless, multi-channel proposition that provides an outstanding customer experience," said Randy Repass, chairman of West Marine.

As a specialty retailer of boating supplies and accessories, West Marine plans to leverage Nordstrom’s expertise in improving technology and capabilities across all channels and his experience in offering broader selections online and greater speed and convenience. West Marine’s Direct-to-Customer division, which makes up the retailer’s call center, direct mail and e-commerce channels, offers customers more than 75,000 products.

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Report: Starbucks among the bidders for Tully’s Coffee

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New York — Starbucks Coffee Co. is one of seven bidders for Tully’s Coffee, according to The Seattle Times. The bids were filed on Thursday as part of an auction process for Tully’s, which filed for bankruptcy protection in October.

The report said that Starbucks’ offer is for about half of the Tully’s stores. Tully’s currently has 47 company-operated stores.

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Nordstrom Rack reaches Maine

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SEATTLE — Nordstrom plans to open another new Rack store this spring in Maine as the number of off price locations now exceeds the company’s full price stores.

The approximately 30,000-sq.-ft. store at Maine Crossing Shopping Center will be its first location in the state, and is scheduled to open this spring.

Nordstrom Rack is the off-price retail division of Nordstrom, carrying on-trend merchandise from Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com at 50-60% off original Nordstrom prices. Nordstrom Rack also offers a wide selection of apparel, accessories and shoes from many of the brands carried in Nordstrom stores. These items are purchased specially for Nordstrom Rack, with most at savings of 30-70% off.

"We’re excited to have the opportunity to open a Nordstrom Rack in South Portland," said Geevy Thomas, president of Nordstrom Rack. "We’ve been looking for ways to better serve our customers living in Maine who have been making the drive to visit our Rack stores in Boston and look forward to taking care of them when we open this spring at Maine Crossing."

Maine Crossing is a 274,000-sq.-ft. open-air shopping center accessible off Interstate 95 and close to Interstate 295. The new Nordstrom Rack will occupy the former Old Navy space.

The new Nordstrom Rack will bring the total number of Nordstrom Rack locations to 120 for the retailer, which operates 240 stores in 31 states, including 117 full-line stores.

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