Seattle-based cataloger/retailer Nordstrom said on Aug. 29, it plans to expand its Cedar Rapids, IA-based fulfillment and contact centers. The expansion will coincide with the company’s updating of its direct business’ inventory systems.
Pending approvals, Nordstrom’s multi-million dollar expansion will nearly double the current square footage of the facility adding 258,000 sq.- ft. to the current 320,000 sq.- ft. The expansion will create room for more than 500 additional jobs in both the fulfillment and contact centers; it marks the second expansion for the company in Cedar Rapids since opening in 1997.
The project, however, is contingent upon the Airport Commission approval of land option changes, as well as Cedar Rapids City Council approval of funding through Tax Increment Financing. The new catalog program, online merchandise that is more integrated with Nordstrom stores, and a single view inventory system are all important elements of the company’s multichannel strategy