Nordstrom Direct to lay off 72

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by By KING5.com Staff and Associated press

NWCN.com

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 1:33 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 24 at 12:37 PM

SEATTLE - Nordstrom Direct plans to lay off 72 workers.

The Seattle-based company confirmed Monday that there will be 62 layoffs in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and 10 in Seattle.

Seattle-based Nordstrom blames soft market conditions and a recent $50 million upgrade of the distribution center in Cedar Rapids.

Spokeswoman Brooke White said the expansion of the Nordstrom Direct facility a year ago was to improve efficiency in anticipation of increasing business. But, she says, the market hasn't generated the demand, and the company doesn't foresee conditions improving soon.

White says the layoffs total about 10 percent of the work force at the two locations.

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