Nordstrom

Nordstrom, the Seattle-based luxury department store chain, is expected to close 16 of its 116 namesake stores across the U.S. this year, including the Nordstrom at the Stoneridge Shopping Center in Pleasanton.

The closures are due, at least in part, to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has temporarily shut down all Nordstrom stores across the country. The now-shuttered store at the Stoneridge Shopping Center is not expected to reopen, even temporarily, when restrictions are eased.

Sears, Roebuck and Co. also closed its Stoneridge department store in 2018, and the JC Penny Co., another major Stoneridge tenant, filed for bankruptcy earlier this month.

In addition to the Stoneridge Shopping Center, Nordstrom is expected to close five other locations in California, including stores in Sacramento, Santa Barbara, Montclair, Escondido, and Riverside.

In a news release, Nordstrom CEO Erik Nordstrom said the company has been “investing in our digital and physical capabilities to keep pace with rapidly changing customer expectations.” He also acknowledged that the temporary pandemic-related shutdowns “is only accelerating the importance of these capabilities.”

The company is expected to focus more on internet orders, using its physical locations, including Nordstrom Rack stores, as fulfillment centers. Online commerce represented a third of Nordstrom’s 2019 business.