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Nordstrom Lays Off 30 Workers

BY CSA STAFF

Honolulu About 30 employees have been laid off from jobs at Honolulu’s new Nordstrom store, according to the Honolulu Star Bulletin.

Nordstrom spokeswoman Brooke White said the move was due to softening sales.

“We had 600 and since opening we’ve lost about 100 and of that, 70 voluntarily left us or we let go due to poor performance,” White told the publication.

The company then laid off 30 people due to market conditions, she said.

Just last month the company announced a 3.8% sales decrease for the month.

Hawaii’s first full-service Nordstrom store took an additional punch from the bankruptcies of Aloha and ATA airlines, which ceased flight operations at the beginning of April, the report said.

The Honolulu store had “an unbelievable opening and an unbelievable March, but virtually right after the airlines went bankrupt, we saw a real softening in our business in Honolulu,” White said.

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Macy’s Names New Board Member

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Cincinnati Macy’s, Inc.’s board of directors has elected Amy Hanson as senior VP for property development, effective immediately. In her new role, she will oversee a range of corporate-level functions, including store design and construction, real estate, energy services, sustainability, licensed operations, non-merchandise purchasing and foodservice (including in-store restaurants).

Previously, Hanson was vice chairman and director of stores at Minneapolis-based Macy’s North and led the transition as Macy’s North was consolidated into the Macy’s East division this spring.

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Apple Opens Its Largest U.S. Store in Boston

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Boston Apple Inc. unveiled its largest U.S. store on Wednesday, a glass-facade building sheathed in steel, according to a Reuters report.

The 20,000-sq.-ft. store, on Boston’s historic Boylston Street, features a ground floor with more than 100 Mac laptops and computers, a second level for iPod music players and iPhones, and a third entirely for service.

The location is Apple’s second-largest store globally after London’s Regent Street. The company is also preparing to expand internationally with a new store in Beijing this summer.

“Concierges” stand in orange shirts bearing the slogan “I know people.” This is a part of the changes made in recent weeks to identify roles played by employees with the color of their shirts, the report said.

A sales force of “specialists” wear aqua blue and technicians are each dubbed “genius” as they work the third floor wearing dark blue.

The Boston store, which opened on Thursday, also features a glass spiral staircase leading from the first floor to the third.

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