Nordstrom May Expand to Canada in First Foreign Foray

Nordstrom Inc., the U.S. department store chain with 116 namesake locations, is looking to expand into Canada in its first international foray.

The Seattle-based retailer is studying opening its full-sized stores in Canada first, rather than its outlets, said Colin Johnson, a spokesman.

“There is a lot of strong retail presence in Canada, and if we are fortunate enough to find a location and move forward with a store, we’re really going to have to be on our game,” Johnson said in an interview today.

Nordstrom has said it sees opening a maximum additional 14 department stores in the U.S. It also has been seeking to generate growth through its Rack outlet chain and e-commerce.

Nordstrom fell 12 cents to $45.50 in New York Stock Exchange composite trading today. The shares have risen 7.4 percent this year.

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