Nordstrom closing at Florida Mall in Orlando

Move affects nearly 200 employees

ORLANDO, Fla. - Nordstrom on Thursday announced plans to close its Florida Mall store in Orlando.

The store, which opened in 2002, will close at the end of its business day on August 16.

"We never like to close a store because we create such great relationships with our customers and employees – and over the past 12 years we've certainly done that here at our Florida Mall store," said Jamie Nordstrom, president of stores for the company. "Our lease for the store is up. To make a long-term commitment to this community and renew our lease, we would need to make a significant investment in this store so that we're not offering our customers a substandard experience."

The closure affects about 190 non-seasonal employees, the company said.

"We want to take care of our people and we've told them that we'll do our best find a spot for anyone who wants a job at another Nordstrom or Nordstrom Rack," the store said.

The Florida Mall says they have rented out the anchor spot of the store, but will not say what store will be coming or when.

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