Nordstrom Co President Blake Nordstrom Dead at 58

Nordstrom’s Co-President Blake Nordstrom died on Wednesday of Cancer. He was 58.

The company released a statement in December that he was diagnosed with lymphoma, However, he stated it he would beat it and it was treatable.

The retailer said in a statement that leadership will continue under Erik and Peter, two other family members.

The company is publicly traded, but family members still own about 30 percent of its shares.

Last year the family was hoping to take the company private, but the offer was not high enough and it was rejected by the board.

For over 40 years, Blake worked for the company. He was the great-grandson of the founder of the company John W. Nordstrom who was an immigrant from Sweden.

In 1901 John W opened  Wallin & Nordstrom, a shoe store in Seattle. This would eventually become the chain of department stores that carry his name.

Since that fateful day, the retailer evolved into one of the United States most renowned and popular luxury department stores which are famous for its stellar customer service. It is also known to be more affordable than it’s rival Neiman Marcus.

The company’s Chairman Brad Smith stated that his heart goes to the family. Everybody knew that Blake had a commitment and passion to all customers and staff. We are very lucky to have Erik and Pete to continue the leadership of the company.

James Sido who was a spokesperson for the Downtown Seattle Association stated he helped revitalize the retail area downtown.  We are going to miss his dedication and focus to Seattle.

A friend, Peg Achterman who attended the University of Washington with him stated she was impressed that someone like him would continue to be interested in giving back to Seattle.  Achterman also stated that he often visited the University of Washington.

Written By Barbara Sobel


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