Nordstrom announced it will be closing its doors at The Mall at Partridge Creek, in Clinton Township, this September.

Nordstrom announced it will be closing its doors at The Mall at Partridge Creek, in Clinton Township, this September.

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Nordstrom to close at Partridge Creek

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published July 2, 2019


CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The luxury department store chain Nordstrom announced June 26 that its last day of business at the Mall at Partridge Creek, in Clinton Township, will be Sept. 13 of this year.

“We keep a close eye on the long-term performance of our stores, real estate agreements and the future needs of our business,” a statement from Nordstrom read. “We look at our business market-by-market to understand where we have opportunities to grow while also being as efficient as possible in serving our customers.”

Approximately 105 employees will be impacted by the vacancy — all of whom the store says will be worked with to “determine their next steps and help them find other roles” within the company.

“Looking at our needs in the Detroit market, we decided it made the most sense to close this store and focus on serving customers at our six other Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack stores, as well as online,” the statement continued. “Our stores remain an essential part of our business and they give us the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with our customers and employees.”

The mall’s operators, Starwood Retail Partners, released its own statement saying that Nordstrom has been an “excellent partner.” Starwood said the decision is understandable considering how “traditional department store anchors shrink their footprints.”

The mall’s operators continued to say the closure will “not impact the vibrancy” of the mall — which they say draws about 11 1/2 million visitors annually. The mall features more than 90 stores and restaurants.

“The retail landscape is constantly changing with consumers eager to explore new concepts, which include a rich variety of possible anchor tenants,” Starwood said. “We are continually evaluating new merchants and features for Partridge Creek and look forward to this opportunity to evolve our platform, as we continue to provide shoppers, diners and visitors at Partridge Creek with an engaging, active and compelling experience.”

Clinton Township Supervisor Bob Cannon said he feels for the employees impacted by the decision, but believes the company will treat them well in their future endeavors.

“I’m very disappointed when any store closes in the township,” Cannon said. “Nordstrom is a quality company that had 11 or 12 good years and apparently couldn’t make enough money to stay open.”

He said that even prior to Nordstrom’s announcement, “several major big box stores” — some of which are more unique to locations outside of Michigan — had inquired about mall vacancies. He is confident a store will replace Nordstrom in “due time.”

The news comes on the heels of another big store, Carson’s, closing in the summer of 2018.

As for the Nordstrom and former Carson’s properties, Cannon said the companies themselves — rather than the mall — are in control of their locations. The mall, however, has the final say on what stores are brought into the fold.

Cannon believes Partridge Creek is still the premiere destination in the community.

“The mall is bustling. The restaurants are packed all the time,” he said. “People are walking around shopping, bringing their dogs, bringing their kids … It is Clinton Township’s downtown.”