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Nordstrom Says “Goodbye” After 31 Years in Downtown San Diego

Nordstrom has closed its doors in downtown San Diego’s Westfield Horton Plaza. The upscale retailer, which became a mainstay after opening 31 years ago for the cost of $18 million, was the last of the mall’s original department stores.

Westfield is buying back the 144,000-square-foot building, though has not yet decided the fate of the site. On the final day of operations, some 180 Nordstrom staff members and alumni gathered for a goodbye breakfast, wore “closing day” T-shirts, and handed out special cookies, while a DJ played music.

Horton Plaza, which was designed by the late L.A. architect Jon Jerde, arrived on the scene in 1985 as a ground-breaking “radical” outdoor retail environment. Original developer Hahn was criticized at the time for Horton’s fortress-like characteristics that guarded against the neighboring Gaslamp Quarter’s seedier elements.

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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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