Nordstrom may be hiring 350 employees

February 03, 1994|By Consella A. Lee | Consella A. Lee,Sun Staff Writer

Nordstrom plans to hire up to 350 employees, mostly salespeople, for its new store set to open at Annapolis Mall next month.

The retailer plans to recruit up to 150 employees from other Nordstrom stores to train the new hires, said Cheryl Engstrom, a spokeswoman for the upscale Seattle-based retailer, which made the announcement Tuesday.

Interviews for the sales associate positions will be conducted next week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Applicants should call 800-899-8966, Ext. 404-NAR, Ms. Engstrom said.

The county's Economic Development Corp. said the Nordstrom jobs come at a particularly good time, on the heels of the Leedmark closing, spokeswoman Rosemary Duggins said.

Leedmark closed its Glen Burnie store Dec. 30, costing about 300 people their jobs.

Gaining 350 employees is "a large number of people for us," Ms. Duggins said, noting that businesses in the county average about 20 employees.

The Annapolis Nordstrom will be the fifth venture into Maryland for the 93-year-old company.

Tom Saquella, president of Annapolis-based Maryland Retailer Merchants Association, said the new Nordstrom "is really going to greatly expand the kind of stores that will be available in this area."

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