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Nordstrom to close two stores

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Seattle — Nordstrom announced plans to close it’s store in Lloyd Center Mall, Portland, Ore., and its store in Vancouver Mall, Vancouver, Wash. Both locations will close in January 2015.

"This was a tough decision to make because we’ve been doing business in Lloyd Center and Vancouver Mall for a long time and we care about the community, our customers and our employyees here," said Ed Nordstrom, president of stores.

Nordstrom said the two locations haven’t performed to the level the company needed them to and "investing in remodels to possibly make them more successful didn’t pan out."

"We never like to close a store, but we came to the difficult conclusion that it didn’t make good business sense to continue operating them after our agreements ends," Nordstrom said.

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Sport Chek opens digital-savvy flagship in West Edmonton Mall

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Edmonton, Canada — Sport Chek on Wednesday opened an 80,000 sq.-ft. flagship in Canada’s West Edmonton Mall. The store is designed to offer a personalized shopping experience that connects consumers to the sports they are passionate about.

The space includes 800 screens that display product images, promotions and local sports information. It features over 1,200 sq. ft. of digital projection.

"Our new flagship in West Edmonton Mall is the most digitally advanced and personalized retail experience in the world," said Michael Medline, president of Canadian Tire Corporation, which owns Sport Check.

Sport Chek is a division of Canadian Tires FGL Sports Limited, which operates over 400 stores throughout Canada under various banners.

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Hobby Lobby to open 70 stores in 2014

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Oklahoma City — Hobby Lobby announced it will open 70 stores throughout the United States in 2014, for a total of 625 locations nationwide.

The arts and crafts retailer said that as part of its expansion it will enter the states of Vermont and Oregon this year.

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