Nordstrom and Trunk Club announced plans to close the Trunk Club fulfillment center located on Goose Island in Chicago, Illinois. With the closure, Trunk Club will integrate its operations into the Nordstrom network of fulfillment and distribution centers, located across the United States. The Goose Island facility will transition to its close by August 2017.
“As Trunk Club has grown significantly over the past several years, we’re continuing to find opportunities to support that growth while also giving our customers the best experience possible,” said Brian Spaly, chief executive officer of Trunk Club. “While our space at Goose Island has served us well, we realize we’re going to outgrow it soon. We decided this was the right time to integrate Trunk Club orders into the Nordstrom fulfillment network, which will allow us to share more of their inventory and better serve our customers with a wider mix of merchandise.”
The Goose Island closure will impact about 250 full- and part-time employees. Nordstrom will work to help employees interested in staying with the company find roles at the Trunk Club Chicago clubhouse or at nearby Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack stores.
“It will take us some time to transition our operations and ensure we’re taking care of impacted employees, so we wanted to let our people know as soon as we could,” said Spaly. “We still have a lot of customers to serve here, and we’ll be working with each of our employees over the coming months to share more details about our staffing changes and to discuss their individual opportunities.”
Nordstrom has three fulfillment centers, located in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania; San Bernardino, California; and in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The Cedar Rapids facility currently fulfills all orders for Trunk Club for Women, which launched last fall. Integrating the rest of the Trunk Club business into the Nordstrom network will begin at the end of 2016.
Acquired by Nordstrom in 2014, Trunk Club is headquartered in downtown Chicago and serves customers both online and through its five clubhouses in Chicago, Dallas, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and New York. Nordstrom has four Chicago-area Nordstrom stores (Michigan Avenue, Old Orchard Center, Oakbrook Center and Woodfield Shopping Center) and 10 nearby Nordstrom Rack stores (South Loop, The Shops at State and Washington, Chicago Avenue, Lincoln Park, Shops at Orchard Place, Shops at Oak Brook Place, Orland Park Place, Northbrook, Woodfield and Springbrook Prairie Pavilion). The company will be opening two Nordstrom Rack stores this fall at Fashion Outlets of Chicago (opening September 30, 2016) and Algonquin Commons (opening October 27, 2016), as well as a Last Chance clearance store in Yorktown Center (opening October 20, 2016).
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 326 stores in 39 states, including 121 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 200 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and one clearance store. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its five clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.