Nordstrom names Pacific Centre Manager

Dec 19 2017, 2:08 pm

Nordstrom, Inc., one of the United States’ leading fashion specialty retailers, announced Chris Wanlass, a 23-year company veteran, as manager of its flagship store at Pacific Centre in Vancouver. The retailer also announced that it will post 44 management positions on Tuesday, March 3 for the new store. Interested candidates are invited to apply for the jobs at Management hiring will begin in early April. The company will hire an additional 1,000 employees for sales and support positions in June. Nordstrom Pacific Centre will open on Friday, September 18, 2015 and will be the company’s third store location in Canada, following its opening at Chinook Centre in Calgary last fall and forthcoming opening at Rideau Centre in Ottawa on March 6, 2015

Wanlass began his career in 1992 as a stockperson at Nordstrom Fashion Place in Salt Lake City, Utah. He relocated to Atlanta in 1997 to open the company’s first store in the southern United States at Perimeter Mall as a department manager. In 1999, Wanlass made the move to Seattle, Wash. where he worked as an assistant buyer and then buyer in the men’s division. Relocating again in 2003, Chris accepted a new challenge as the Assistant Store Manager of the downtown San Francisco, Calif. store. Over the past 10 years, Chris has been the store manager of Stonestown (San Francisco, Calif.), Westchester (White Plains, N.Y.), Arden Fair (Sacramento, Calif.), and most recently Bellevue Square (Bellevue, Wash.).

“Chris is a proven leader who sets the bar high for himself and surrounds himself with people who excel at taking care of customers,” said Karen McKibbin, president of Nordstrom Canada. “His varied experiences within the company will play a key role in helping to bring our Nordstrom culture to customers at our Pacific Centre flagship store.”

“There is an incredible energy in the heart of Vancouver,” said Wanlass. “With people living and working downtown, plus such strong entertainment, conventions, hospitality, major sports venues and cruise ship traffic, Vancouver is truly one-of-a-kind and we couldn’t be more excited about opening our store here and earning our customers’ business.”

Employees hired into management positions will be brought to Seattle for an immersion training program where they will learn about the company culture, hear from Nordstrom leaders and have the opportunity to work alongside a mentor manager in a Seattle-area store. Housing, food and travel will be paid for by Nordstrom. The company will hire an additional 1,000 employees for sales and support roles beginning in June. Interested candidates are invited to create an online profile at

Wanlass plans to move to Yaletown with his partner Tom and their two five-year-old twin boys, Jackson and Carter. He will split his time between Vancouver and Seattle through July. In his free time, Chris and Tom love to travel, dine out and spend time outdoors with their sons. He looks forward to “being able to call Vancouver, an incredibly beautiful city, home.”

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