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Nordstrom at Providence Place closing; Boscov's moving in

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — It will be out with the old and in with the new at Providence Place mall.

Nordstrom announced Tuesday it plans to close its store - which opened in 1999 - for good on Jan. 4, after the holiday shopping season. Nordstrom occupies 206,000 of the mall's 1.2 million square feet, according to a regulatory filing.

"The decision to close a store is always a tough one for us because we know it impacts both our customers and our employees," Jamie Nordstrom, president of Nordstrom stores, said in a statement.

Boscov's department store will be taking over the Nordstrom location, according to Lindsay Kahn, a spokesperson for Brookfield Properties Retail Group, the Chicago-based real-estate firm which owns Providence Place.

Kahn said Boscov's is planning to open next fall.

Nordstrom said the Providence store closure will affect 187 non-seasonal workers, and the company "is working with each impacted employee to determine their next steps."

"We've been fortunate to serve customers here for nearly 20 years and have built meaningful relationships with our customers and community in that time," Nordstrom said.

The company said its Nordstrom Rack location at the Warwick Mall will remain open.

Kahn said Boscov's is the country's largest family-owned department store, with 47 locations throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

"Nordstrom has been a great partner to Providence Place and an important part of our 20-year history," Kahn said. "While we are always sad to see tenants leave our shopping center, getting this valuable space back provides us with the exciting opportunity to remerchandise Providence Place. We look forward to welcoming Boscov’s to the Providence Place community.” 

Ted Nesi contributed to this report.


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