August 29, 2016 Comments Off on Nordstrom Says “Goodbye” After 31 Years in Downtown San Diego Views: 524 California News, San Diego, West

Nordstrom Says “Goodbye” After 31 Years in Downtown San Diego

Nordstrom has closed its doors in downtown San Diego’s Westfield Horton Plaza. The upscale retailer, which became a mainstay after opening 31 years ago for the cost of $18 million, was the last of the mall’s original department stores.

Westfield is buying back the 144,000-square-foot building, though has not yet decided the fate of the site. On the final day of operations, some 180 Nordstrom staff members and alumni gathered for a goodbye breakfast, wore “closing day” T-shirts, and handed out special cookies, while a DJ played music.

Horton Plaza, which was designed by the late L.A. architect Jon Jerde, arrived on the scene in 1985 as a ground-breaking “radical” outdoor retail environment. Original developer Hahn was criticized at the time for Horton’s fortress-like characteristics that guarded against the neighboring Gaslamp Quarter’s seedier elements.

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