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Nordstrom boards up ‘Rack’ out of abundance of caution


Afraid of looting and vandalism, Nordstrom has boarded up The Rack in Anchorage and sent workers home.

The move at the Midtown Mall came after riots in Seattle and elsewhere caused extensive damage to Nordstrom stores. The protest that took place on Saturday in the parking lot near the Anchorage Nordstrom Rack was peaceful, in contrast to extensive damage to the Nordstrom store in Seattle.

“We continue to be heartbroken by the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and too many others, and the deep pain and division we’re seeing across the country,” Nordstrom wrote.
“Our priority is always the health and well-being of our employees, customers and communities. To help keep everyone safe, we made the decision to temporarily close our stores yesterday. Some of our stores were impacted by gatherings in our cities this weekend, and we wanted to take the time to assess the damage, repair and reopen those stores so we can continue serving customers as soon as possible. The situation is evolving quickly, and we encourage you to check our website for the most up-to-date information on your store’s hours.”
“Thankfully, none of our employees were injured in these events, and we’re communicating regularly with all of them on the actions we’re taking and the ways we will continue to support them. We’ll also pay employees for any shifts they may have missed as a result of these unexpected closures. We’ve heard from so many employees asking for ways they can help, and we’re working to connect them to the nonprofits in their communities that are providing valuable resources, information and support in these difficult times.”
“The events of this weekend are one more painful reminder that injustice remains in our world. We can fix the damage to our stores.   Windows and merchandise can be replaced. We continue to believe as strongly as ever that tremendous change is needed to address the issues facing Black people in our country today. We strive to be a positive force for change in every community we serve.”

The main Nordstrom store in Anchorage closed in the fall of 2019 as the economy grew dimmer in Alaska and the store suffered headwinds driven by shopper preferences moving to online stores.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Not sure this was an “economical” smooth move … No one in Alaska is going to incite riots and looting like in the Lower 48. And that’s because too many good people wouldn’t let it happen. Besides, too many good people here have guns. As well as owners of stores … just sayin

  • It’s is in the Marxist utopian section of Los Anchorage.

  • The Rack is scared of looting.
    Its returns and discounted last year clothing . Who would steal that stuff.
    6th Avenue and north face or carrs but the rack? No way

    • AKWHITTY, theft is theft. It doesn’t matter what year, model, vintage any item is. The riotous looters and vandals aren’t peacefully protesting anything! They are criminal thieves and vandals. Maybe you were just trying to be “whitty” as your name implies?
      Once these mobs get started, they are difficult to stop. If they started at the Rack, why not just continue to through the mid-town mall and take over REI? Mom and pops like Stallone’s? Remember, as if stealing other peoples property isn’t bad enough, they also destroy everything in the path to get to it.
      Our (you, me and everyone else) are going to see insurance costs go through the roof when this is all said and done.

  • Probably smart. Folks will take advantage.

  • You are so right. If the Rack was looted we might all have to dress as tasteless and tacky as our mayor.

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