After months of rumors, Nordstrom confirmed today that it will close its Oak Park Mall store and relocate to a space on the Plaza.
The move comes as Nordstrom nears the end of its current lease and 20 years in business at the mall.
“We’ve been fortunate to be able to serve our customers in this market at Oak Park Mall for the past 20 years and look forward to offering them a new shopping experience at Country Club Plaza,” said Nordstrom stores president Jamie Nordstrom in a release. “Kansas City continues to be a terrific market for us. We want to grow our business here, which means we need to invest in bringing our customers the best we have to offer when it comes to both our digital capabilities and our physical locations.”
The company will build out a 116,000 square foot retail operation on the Plaza. It expects to open the new store in 2021.
The departure will leave a huge hole in the aging Overland Park retail center at 95th Street and Quivira, which has seen a few notable departures of late. Just last month the mall lost Banana Republic and The Body Shop.
Overland Park Mayor Carl Gerlach issued a statement on the announcement that Nordstrom is leaving the city:
“Overland Park has a tremndous partnership with CBL Properties, owners of Oak Park Mall. Although we have nearly three years before Nordstrom’s move to a smaller storefront, CBL has already begun evaluating alternative uses for the Nordstrom building. We look forward to working with CBL as plans unfold. Oak Park Mall is not only a premier retail center in the metropolitan area, but also in the nation and we have no doubt it will maintain that market position and continue to attract high-quality tenants moving forward.”
Brick and mortar stores are looking at changing consumer demands, and the retail industry nationwide is responding by evolving traditional malls to add new uses and experiences, Gerlach added.
“The other night we had a communitywide meeting of residents, business leaders and visitors at the Imagine Workshop for ForwardOP. ForwardOP is a community visioning effort to look at the city 20-30 years in the future. Obviously, traditional retail operations are part of future considerations. What that may be will be discussed.”