STORE SPACES

Department store retailer is reopening San Juan location

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

Nordstrom is preparing to reopen a store damaged last fall during Hurricane Maria.

Nordstrom rebuilt its two-story, 138,000 sq. ft. department store located in the Mall of San Juan in Puerto Rico. The store has been closed since fall 2017, due to severe damage from Hurricane Maria. The new store, which will feature three shoe departments, expansive cosmetics and accessories areas, as well as three restaurant concepts, will open on Friday, Nov. 9.

Nordstrom is currently hiring 90 local employees to fill sales and restaurant roles. It is also filling support positions, including those in alterations, building services, housekeeping and loss prevention.

All employees will work under a new store manager, Yazmin Rivera. Rivera began her career with Nordstrom in 2015 as part of the initial opening of the store at The Mall of San Juan. She has served as interim store manager since November 2017, where she supported the store’s rebuilding efforts. Prior to Nordstrom, Rivera held a variety of retail roles across San Juan.

“We’re pleased to be able to reopen our doors in Puerto Rico,” said Jamie Nordstrom, president of Nordstrom stores. “We have many loyal customers on the island and we continue to believe there’s opportunity for us to do business there.”

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