Nordstrom’s Trunk Club business seems to be bursting at the seams. Due to significant growth since the retailer first acquired the personal stylist company for $350 million in stock in 2014, Nordstrom will be closing its dedicated Trunk Club fulfillment center on Goose Island in Chicago and integrating operations into its own fulfillment and distribution network.
The Trunk Club business is outgrowing its space on Goose Island, according to CEO Brian Spaly, who added that the transition will allow Trunk Club to “share more Nordstrom inventory and better serve customers with a wider mix of merchandise.” Integrating the Trunk Club business into Nordstrom’s will begin in earnest late in 2016, and the Goose Island facility is slated to close by August 2017.
The closure is expected to impact 250 full- and part-time employees, who will be given the opportunity to find jobs within the Trunk Club Chicago clubhouse or nearby Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack stores.
“It will take us some time to transition our operations and ensure we’re taking care of impacted employees, so we wanted to let our people know as soon as we could,” said Spaly in a statement. “We still have a lot of customers to serve here, and we’ll be working with each of our employees over the coming months to share more details about our staffing changes and to discuss their individual opportunities.”