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EL PASO, Texas Top Golf arrival in the Borderland is not by chance.

There were plenty of movers and shakers in the crowd of those lucky enough to get a sneak peek at what Top Golf will be offering the Borderland at a preview event Wednesday evening.

El Paso mayor Dee Margo was there.

“You know all this was materializing before we were sworn in, before I was sworn in as mayor. And I have to give credit to my city manager, Tommy Gonzalez, and his staff. He is that one who did this, it was his idea,” Margo said. “He is the one who pushed it, we changed our chapter 380 agreements to allow incentives for business like this.”

Gonzalez and his team have been working on a strategic plan focused on how to draw more dollars in the community.

“If we can bring an attraction into town that draws (people from) some 350, 400 miles, you have more impressions. More people that would come, more people that would spend money, more people that would take advantage of the other amenities that we have,” Gonzalez said.

Top Golf is just latest accomplishment.

“I think the ballpark, the private sector, public private sector opportunities, Dave and Busters, Whole Foods, Ruth Chris, Cabela and now your Top Golf. I mean all those things, Alamo Draft House, all those things point to opportunities to grow and develop,” Gonzalez said.

Both the mayor and city manager have traveled to other cities working to educate business leaders about opportunities in the Sun City.

“We are second in the state in fastest growing job growth. And so, that was intentional. In the last two years, there have been more than 16,000 jobs either created or expanded here in this community or retained,” Gonzalez said.
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Nordstrom on Wednesday said it will close its stores at Westfield Vancouver mall and Portland Lloyd Center in about a year, leaving Clark County shoppers with online alternatives and trips to Portland as their main replacements.

The store closings coincide with terms stipulated in lease contracts with the malls, according to a spokeswoman for the Seattle based retailer. The retailer must give 12 months notice prior to vacating the store sites. The company did not take lightly the decision to close the two stores, among the chain worst performers for quite some time, said Brooke White, speaking on behalf of Nordstrom.

On a brighter note, the advanced notice allows the company to find other positions for 384 Nordstrom employees 164 from the Vancouver store and 220 from the Lloyd Center store affected by the closures, White said.

be able to find jobs for these people over the next year, she said.

In the Portland area, Nordstrom operates three full line department stores and four Nordstrom Rack discount stores, along with a distribution center on North Marine Drive.

Nordstrom 71,370 square foot Vancouver store has been an anchor since 1977 at the 940,230 square foot Westfield Vancouver shopping mall west of Interstate 205 at state Highway 500. Its Lloyd Center store has operated at that mall since 1960. The Lloyd store was moved from its original location in 1990 into a new 150,000 square foot building as part of a major construction project to enclose the once open air mall.

Absent its closure, the Lloyd Center store would have been the next nearest site for Clark County Nordstrom shoppers, said Pam Lindloff, a commercial real estate broker in Vancouver.

only are they closing the Vancouver store, but the next closest store, said Lindloff, an associate vice president with NAI Norris Beggs and Simpson.

Nordstrom store in downtown Portland is about 15 miles from Westfield Vancouver mall. Its Washington Square store is about 26 miles away, and its store at the Clackamas Town Center mall is about 15 miles away. And the three Oregon locations won generate sales tax revenue for Washington or for Clark County, Lindloff said.

She called the loss of sales tax revenue and Nordstrom wages both a blow to the community.

is an impact to money that generated within the community and spent within the community, Lindloff said.

But it just wasn a profitable option for Nordstrom to continue operating its older and smaller than average Vancouver store, according to White, who said Nordstrom officials considered remodeling the site but did not foresee a return on investment.

store needed an investment, a remodel, but the minute we do that, we go in the red, White said. did not pencil out. said the Vancouver store lower sales were affected by the store smaller size and not by the fact that it is the only area Nordstrom where customers are charged a state sales tax of 8.2 percent.

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A spokeswoman for Westfield Vancouver mall said in a written statement that Nordstrom planned departure will give the company a chance to fill the space with something new and energetic.

Nordstrom will be missed, we view this departure as an opportunity to add exciting new energy, choice and convenience to Westfield Vancouver, said Heather Almond, Westfield vice president of regional marketing Northwest.

The mall lost its Mervyns anchor store in 2007 and by 2012 had replaced the department store with an $18 million Cinetopia movie cineplex. The new tenant was part of a multimillion dollar mall remodel. The mall is owned by the Westfield Group, an Australian company with 119 shopping malls in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

This year the mall added new retailers that include White House Black Market, Loft, Francesca Collection and G by Guess.

White, the Nordstrom spokeswoman, said it is too soon to speculate whether Nordstrom will consider locating one of its Nordstrom Rack discount stores in Vancouver.

don have plans for a Rack immediately, but who knows? she said.

In a corporate statement on Wednesday, Erik Nordstrom, president of stores, said closing the Vancouver and Lloyd Center stores wasn an easy decision.

care a great deal about the community, our customers and our employees here, Nordstrom said.

aggravating said the company intends to continue operating its three Portland area stores, considered Nordstroms, in downtown Portland, and at the Washington Square and Clackamas Town Center malls. It also plans to continue doing business at nearby Nordstrom Rack stores in Portland and outlying malls at Clackamas, Tanasbourne and Cascade Plaza, and its Portland distribution center.

of our stores in Portland are among the best performing in the country, White said.

Still, a post about the store closure on The Columbian Facebook page Wednesday prompted complaints from more than a dozen online followers who were dismayed about losing the chain convenient location.

is so aggravating, said Vancouver resident Jessica Kirby, in a Facebook post. She indicated the closure of Nordstrom next nearest location at Lloyd Center would force her to replace shopping at the company brick and mortar stores with online shopping.
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