Nordstrom Opens at Village of Merrick Park

SEATTLE, Sep 27, 2002 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ --

New Store is Retailer's Third Florida Location

Nordstrom (NYSE: JWN), one of the nation's leading fashion specialty retailers, opened its 86th full-line store today in Coral Gables, FL at Village of Merrick Park. Over 450 applauding employees lined the aisles of the 200,000-square foot store to cheer the first customers through the door.

"We're thrilled to open our doors and welcome shoppers to Nordstrom at Village of Merrick Park," said Vicki Lopez, store manager. "We have an outstanding team of people who've been working hard to prepare for this day and can't wait to start taking care of customers. Our goal today is to make as many friends as possible in the Miami-Dade area and do our best to begin to earning their business, one customer at a time."

Nordstrom Village of Merrick Park offers three levels of classic and contemporary shoes, clothing and accessories for men, women and children. The merchandise offering includes tens of thousands of pairs of shoes; 48 sizes of men's dress shirts; 1,500 neckties; 2,600 handbags; 6,000 tubes of lipstick and over 230 different fragrances for men and women. The wide selection includes Nordstrom exclusives such as Faconnable, Classiques Entier, Halogen and Caslon. The store also offers complimentary personal shopping, valet and concierge services, a Cafe Bistro, an espresso bar, in-store alterations and tailor shops and a shoe shine stand.

Earlier in the week, Nordstrom celebrated its opening with a gala benefit for United Way of Miami-Dade, where guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and live musical entertainment throughout the three-level store. The evening was highlighted by a runway fashion show of American and European designer collections staged in a specially-constructed tent adjacent to the new store. The event was expected to raise $250,000 for United Way.

Nordstrom, Inc. is one of the nation's leading fashion specialty retailers with 140 US stores located in 27 states. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 86 full-line stores, 48 Nordstrom Racks, five Faconnable boutiques, one free-standing shoe store, and one clearance store. Nordstrom also operates 23 international Faconnable boutiques, primarily in Europe. Additionally, Nordstrom serves customers through its online presence at http://www.nordstrom.com and through its direct mail catalogs. Nordstrom, Inc. is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

CONTACT: Amy Jones of Nordstrom, Inc., +1-206-373-3031, or pager, 877-473-5753.

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