PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Nordstrom at Providence Place Mall is down to its final hours of business.
The business is closing its doors Friday, with Boscov’s slated to move in by next fall.
Despite the loss of one of its anchor stores, several customers told Eyewitness News they are extremely optimistic about the future of the space.
“They had a good run, they’ve been here for 20 years,” Barrington resident Steve Purro said. “Honestly, I think it makes more sense for the new place to come in, because Providence is more like a working class city I would think, and Nordstrom seems more like a high-end retailer, so it just makes more sense.”
The Boscov’s department store chain, founded in 1914 in Pennsylvania by Russian immigrant Sol Boscov, is better-known further down the East Coast, with locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland, along with a couple New York stores and one each in Connecticut and Ohio.
As told by the company’s official history, the retailer has stayed in the family, with Sol handing down to Albert, who handed down to nephew Jim Boscov, who is the current owner.
Providence resident Elena Fernandez believes Boscov’s will do extremely well in the new space, saying it makes much more sense to have an affordable retailer move in.
“I think it might do better I mean depending on the prices and the quality, obviously quality is very important,” she said. “If it’s a family-oriented store, I think it should do very well.”
While Nordstrom’s closing affects 187 employees locally, Boscov’s plans to hire approximately 300 employees, creating more jobs in the Capital City. Nordstrom said the company is working with the impacted employees “to determine their next steps.”